North Conway, NH – While fall doesn’t officially arrive until later in September, after Labor Day weekend has come and gone, it feels like autumn is in the air in Mt Washington Valley, NH. We start looking forward to colorful New Hampshire fall foliage and cooler temps. September also brings several annual events and fundraisers with decades-long legacies, which when combined have raised well over a million dollars for non-profits in and around the Valley. For forty-two years, the Championships of Mud Football have ushered in fall, and for 21 years hikers have raised funds in the Jen’s Friends Climb Against Cancer. Bark in the Park has delighted dog owners for more than two decades, But the Muster in the Mountains has attracted history buffs to the Mt Washington Auto Road and the White Mountains for even longer – since the 1970s! And Back to School Sidewalk Sales and the annual Fall Festival at Settlers Green have attracted visitors to Mt Washington Valley for over a decade too.
Here are some newer and some legacy events in store in September in Mt Washington Valley – the ideal time to get away before the fall foliage crowds arrive, and while the days are still warm.
August 31-Septmber 3: Labor Day Sidewalk Sales at Settlers Green: Pick up those last-minute bargains for school as participating stores offer bargains throughout the mall.
September 1-2: Mountainside Music Series at Attitash Mountain Resort - The Beatles before America (an early year’s Beatles tribute band) will play at the Attitash Base Area from 3:00-6:00pm on September 2 and White Steer will play from 3:00-6:00pm on September 2, part of the resort’s Mountainside Music Series concerts at Attitash Mountain Resort. There is limited seating, and shade so feel free to bring your camping chair, sit back, and enjoy this free outdoor live entertainment.
September 7-9: 42nd Annual Championships of Mud Football in Hog Coliseum: The Championships of Mud Football are played each year in Hog Coliseum, behind the North Conway Community Center. This year, Mud Bowl Goes Under the Sea“ with its theme for the event filled with good clean competition played in knee-deep muck. Twelve teams will compete throughout the weekend, including two local teams: the defending two-time champion North Country Crocs and the 11-time champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs. In addition, Join the fun Saturday, September 8th on North Conway Village's Main Street at 10:00am for the 36th annual Tournament of Mud Parade, featuring entries from the participating teams and community members donning costumes, floats and skits with an “Under the Sea” theme. Serving as grand marshals will be longtime Mud Bowl souvenir program graphic artist Patty Tilton and veteran registrar/notary Gerry Tilton, who is Patty’s mother-in-law. The money raised during this event is donated to the North Conway Community Center, Vaughan Learning Center and Carroll County Retired Senior Volunteer Program as well as other non-profits in the Mt. Washington Valley. To date, more than $900,000 has been raised since the games were first held in North Conway in 1976. Advance three-day tickets are $15 (entitles the bearer to two $500 prize drawings — need not be present to win) and are available at the North Conway Community Center and Vaughan Learning Center. Daily tickets are $6 for ages 14 and older; and $4 for ages 6 through 13. Family passes are $15 per day (two adults, two children). Find more information on Facebook at Mud-Bowl.
September 7-9: Muster in the Mountains: It’s a weekend of fun and reenactors at the Mt Washington Auto Road, featuring a colonial encampment of reenactors representing the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840. This gathering will take place in the fields at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. Participants will demonstrate the use of appropriate tools, clothing, and firearms from their respective time periods. Look forward to 1800 firearms/cannon display and competition, Woods walk competition, Tomahawk and knife throwing, a Cooking competition, Weaving, basketmaking, quill work, candle dipping. Gunsmithing, coppersmithing, blacksmithing, Archery, wood carving, century games and more! This event is free and open to the public from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 – 1:00pm on Sunday, c with the hope that the education they receive here may spur them on to consider becoming a future participant.
September 8: Naturalist led boat cruises on Silver Lake: Tin Mountain Conservation Center is teaming up with Fish Nerds Guide Service to offer a 90-minute boat cruises on scenic Silver Lake in Madison, NH starting at 4:00pm. The trips will leave from the town boat launch on East Shore Drive on an 11-passenger pontoon boat and tour the length of the lake. Enjoy discussions about the natural and cultural history of the area, wildlife and ecological features of the landscape. Price: $25/person, $15/ child 16 and under. $5 discount for Tin Mountain members. This trip will be offered on September 29, 2018 too.
September 9: Free admission for grandparents to Story Land: Nana and Grandpop can celebrate Grandparents Day with a fun filled trip to Story Land! Grandparents get in free with any full paid admission!
September 9, 16, 23-30: Hero Appreciation Days at Story Land: On Sundays in September, Story Land wants to thank all Military, Police, Fire, Rescue, Veteran or Retired from service for their service with free admission to the park. Bring your spouse and/or children under 18 for a specially discounted rate of only $19.99 each! To receive free admission and the discounted rate those who qualify must bring a valid Military, Police, Fire, Rescue or Veteran/Retired ID. Proof of service in the form of a service ID will be required at the gate.
September 15: 21st Annual Jen’s Friends Climb Against Cancer at Cranmore Mountain Resort:The Climb Against Cancer has become symbolic of the hurdles that cancer patients, survivors, and their families must overcome to win the battle against cancer. Many people participate by hiking or sponsoring a hiker to celebrate survivorship; others come to commemorate the lives of those who lost the battle with cancer. And still others hike to raise money for their friends and neighbors who are being helped by Jen’s Friends. The hike up and down the slopes of Cranmore Mountain is approximately three miles. Participants may choose to hike the entire or partial route. Those who hike to the top of the mountain will be entertained with live performances by local singers and dancers and wonderful views. Snacks and water are also provided. After the hike, participants are treated to lunch and more live entertainment. Awards and prizes are also given out to the teams and individuals who raised the most money. This fundraiser benefits Jen’s Friends, an organization dedicated to providing supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families who are uninsured, underinsured, or financially challenged. Learn how to participate or sponsor a hiker at http://jensfriends.org/wordpress/jens-friends-climb-against-cancer/.
September 22: 2018 Atticus M. Finch Memorial Walk for the Animals and Woof In The Woods Pet Expo: Join the Animal Rescue League of NH-North for their biggest event of the year featuring demos, carnival games, dog show games, agility fun, vendors, raffles and more! The fun begins with the Walk for the Animals Fundraiser. Register for the walk Friday evening at Four Your Paws Only from 5:00 – 7:00pm, or Saturday morning in the park beginning at 8:30 am. The walk begins at 9:30 through Whitaker Woods and will be followed by the awards to the top fundraisers. Following the Walk for the Animals, the Bark in the Park Pet Expo returns with 40+ vendors and sponsors selling pet-related services and goods. The Main Event Ring will feature interactive games for two and four-legged competitors, and the carnival games will be ongoing all day too.
Schedule of Events - Visit the Info Booth for tickets - $15 for all games or $3 per ticket
11 am Frisbee Demo
11:30 Police Dog Demo
12:00 Best Coat
12:15 Best Ears
12:30 Best Nose
12:45 Best Tail
1:00 Obedience Baseball - use of "sit", "stay","down" and recall to home plate
1:15 Dunkin' For Dogs
1:30 Best Friends Parade Open to All
In addition, don’t miss the Puppy Kissing Booth too.
September 22: 4th Annual White Mtns Jeep Invasion at Attitash- From 10:00am-5:00pm, , Attitash Mountain Resort will be invaded by 150+ Jeep Wranglers from White Mountain Jeeps and Granite State Offroad, in addition to Jeep accessory companies with the latest and greatest modifications. Get up close and personal with these off-road machines while enjoying the Attractions Park, and live music from 1:00 to 4:00 pm by The Dean Machine. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports.
September 22: The 2nd Annual Scavenger Hunt to Grant a Fairytale at Story Land: Join Story Land and One Mission for the second annual Scavenger Hunt to Grant A Fairytale. Take part in this fundraiser and you’ll receive a card filled with fun activities including everything from taking a selfie with Tinkerbell to uncovering a fossil at Dig-M Deeper Play Area. Once you've completed The Scavenger Hunt, turn your card in for a chance to win awesome prizes. Money raised at The Scavenger Hunt to Grant a Fairytale will provide a weekend getaway to the Mount Washington Valley for up to ten families currently fighting pediatric cancer.
September 29: Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides to benefit North Conway Library: It’s a day of mountain biking fun in North Conway, NH including different route options for all ages & abilities, from easy to technically highly challenging. Self-guided rides on well-marked trails gets people out on the Valley’s trails experiencing healthy fun. Fundraising for the North Conway Library is optional with prizes for top fundraisers. It includes a pizza lunch with yummy desserts. More info at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB .
September 29: Fall Festival at Settlers Green: Come shop for all those back-to-school items you forgot and bring the whole family to enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving demonstration and more to celebrate the start of fall in North Conway.
Start planning a September getaway to Mt Washington Valley soon. For all the vacation planning resources you need, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 800-357-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk with one of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber’s vacation concierges. To plan a September visit to New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.
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