KINGSTON –One of the oldest communities in the state, Kingston observes its 325th anniversary as a town in 2019, and work is almost complete in the planning almost a year’s worth of commemorative events for all to enjoy.
Established in 1694, Kingston was the sixth New Hampshire town, its Royal Charter granted by King William of England. A committee was created by selectmen to oversee the celebration of its long and distinguished history. Over the past 25 years the team has been holding a three-day event to raise money for the 325th celebration, this entire event is from the event fund and is not raised by taxation. We are so proud of our community for attending the event all these years to help us fund this celebration.
There will be two full weekends of events and nightly entertainment during the week. The first weekend opens with a children's parade, the NH State Troopers police dog demonstration, crafters with their homemade goods and a good old fashion flea market. There will be a Corn Hole tournament, a motorcycle show sponsored by the NH Patriot Riders whose proceeds go to local veterans, there is lots of good food, a raffle, drink and entertainment including Tony D's Dixieland Bank, Jane Kelly who is a Bird of Prey Educator and Rehabilitator and her birds. The Timberland Jazz Band, Stumpy Joe Band, Wine Tasting and The SpaceHeaters. The fireworks are Saturday night July 27.
Sun., July 28 starts off with a non-denominational church service under the big entertainment tent followed up with lots of great entertainment. The day includes Bingo, Curious Creatures, Wayne from Maine and Conquer Self Dense, an Antique Car Show, Walkin’ The Line band and a raffle.
The weeknight events have a theme...Monday is local men's groups V&P Music, SUMX4; Tuesday is Steppin' Out Dance Academy; Wednesday is local women groups Amanda Kenerson and Grenon the Band; Thursday is Artty Raynes Francoer and the Windham Community Band; and Friday is fun music night with Our Loving Cup Band. Friday night will also include a beer tent, local festival rides and a Lobster Dinner put on by the Kingston Volunteer Fire Department.
Saturday and Sat., August 3 and Sun., August 4 are fun filled with a local parade staring at 10:00 a.m., Horseshoe Contest, festival rides, the 6th ME Battery Militia Re-enactment, Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast, birthday cake and speeches from local politicians. Saturday night is fun filled with the NH Philharmonic playing followed by a Laser Light show. They will have festival rides from Thursday night through Sunday.
Throughout the weekend they will have also have helicopter rides.
There will be parking and buses (handicapped available) to take you to the Plains. Handicapped bathrooms are available along with ATM's. For more information, maps and directions and the schedule of events, visit http://kingstonnh325thcelebration.com. If you have further questions, call Chairwoman Lynn Gainty at 603-702-2811.