Carry the load – warm some hearts

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Contoocook Carry the load – warm some hearts

The Contoocook Carry Triathlon will be held Sept. 9 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. beginning at Hopkinton High School. This is a fun athletic event with 100 percent of the proceeds providing fuel assistance for our neighbors in need. Individuals, teams, all ages, competitive athletes and novices wanting to enjoy a fun afternoon are all welcome. Prizes will be awarded. To register, go to contoocookcarry.org or call Amy Metcalf at 746-6233 or Mary Congoran at 568-2783. There is same day registration starting at 11 a.m. Bring your family and friends to join in our community spirit!

Concord Paddle down the Contoocook River

What better way to spend a summer day than to paddle your way down the lazy Contoocook River in August? You can do just that on Sunday when Five Rivers Conservation Trust invites the public to join them for a paddle down the river. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see where the Warner and Blackwater Rivers join with the Contoocook River – three of the five rivers in the Conservation Trust’s name. You will also float by the four properties-conserved by Five Rivers Conservation Trust. Participants will gain a new perspective from the river – looking up at rich farm fields, floating under bridges, paddling around silver maple trees dipping branches into the water, surprising a group of turtles sunning on a log and watching birds criss-cross the river looking for a tasty morsel for lunch! Transportation for boats and participants is provided and allows you to end the day at your car. Bring your own boat or rent a one or two person kayak if you prefer. Refreshments, including Granite State Ice Cream will greet returning paddlers. The paddle will be 6½ miles of flat water with a gentle downstream current. Participants will sign up for one of the arrival times – 11 a.m., noon and 1 pm. Registration, orientation, transportation and paddling will take about three to five hours total. Space is limited and registration is required by 5 p.m. on Thursday at 5rct.orgEvents. Cost includes refreshments and transportation for one to two people and a boat. Bring your own boat: $15, rent a one person kayak: $30, rent a two- person kayak: $40. For general questions, contact Five Rivers at info@5rct.org or 225-7225.

North Sutton Muster Field Farm Days celebration

Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton will host its annual Farm Days celebration on Aug. 26 and 27. The celebration will be at the farm on Harvey Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festivities include horse drawn and tractor hayrides, a kiddie tractor pull, a slow tractor race, and many demonstrations of traditional farming skills and crafts. Antique tractors and engines will be on display all weekend. Children can try their hand at ice cream churning, blacksmithing, stone splitting and stilt walking. Both days feature a grand parade at 3 p.m. Highlights on Aug. 26 include alpacas, sled dogs, Cow Flop Bingo and a roast beef dinner ($15 for adults, $5 for children, call 848-4297 for reservations) Aug. 27 highlights are a pancake breakfst from 6:30-8:30 a.m. ($5 a plate), sled dogs and a morning 4-H oxen show. General admission is $5 and free for members and for children six and under. Call 927-4276 or visit musterfieldfarm.com for more information.