Festival celebrates 10th year with maze

Owl by John Richter. Photo by Joel Slutsky
Owl by John Richter. Photo by Joel Slutsky



LANGDON, N.H. – The Langdon Fall Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sept. 24 with hikes and a hay ride and maze.

Andrea Cheeney, among others, was involved with the genesis of the festival.

“This event started with raising money for a playground at the Sarah Porter School and has grown every year with people coming from further away,” she said.

Weather-wise the day was a repeat of last year’s event, with cool breezes that made some wish they had a jacket in reach when the sun went behind the clouds.

Dozens of colorful craft tents dotted the area with the town hall providing a perfect background.

The event started with a hike led by representatives from Antioch University New England to their 76-acre forested property along the western slope of Glover’s Ledge.

Music by Silver Country filled the air with such numbers as “I Love You Most of All Cause You’re You.” Music was also provided by Joe Stacey and Lil’ Orphans.

Children’s activities included games, a hay maze, face painting and a dunk tank. Other features were tractors, animals and a horse-drawn hay ride.

The Langdon Community Club was selling raffle tickets for a quilt which will be awarded at a March Town Meeting. The Historic Town Hall/Meetinghouse was decorated with quilts, art from Fall Mountain High School, and a display from the Langdon Heritage Commission celebrating the history of the Langdon Fire Department.

Langdon Fire Chief Greg Chafee was serving coffee and starting to prepare for lunch.

“This event has a great small town atmosphere, a good turnout and is well supported,” the chief said.

A Selectboard booth was available for residents to talk directly to their elected representatives.

Selectman Lou Beam was manning the booth.

“We’re here just to talk to people, the festival does such a great job and we like to support it and share thoughts with others,” Beam said.

Laurie Ryan from Alstead was strolling through the festival with her husband.

“I love local history and enjoy seeing the crafts,” she said. “This is an opportunity to support local craftsmen.”

Michael and Jean Balamuth, venders at the event from Cook Hill Farm in Alstead, were serving homemade cider and other organic items.

The Vilas Middle School students of Interact, who assist towns by providing community services, were selling cider and apple crisp at the festival.

There were a large number of other vendors, including a bake sale for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Friendly Meals, artistic iron work by John Richter, and crafts such as a crocheted jellyfish and turtles.

Cheney said he wanted to thank their sponsors: AEBI New England LLC, the Town of Langdon, Holmes Farm, and Woodell and Daughters Forest Products.


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