|Painted Mural - Town Hall, Antrim NH|
In mid-September, New England Fall Events took a road trip to scenic Antrim, NH to check out the annual Home and Harvest Festival. Antrim is a tiny, scenic, rural town with the quintessential white steeple church and charming town hall. The lovely park and gazebo situated along the river behind the town center are postcard pretty. The overcast morning soon gave way to blue skies and perfect crisp fall weather and it was ideal for the day’s festivities.
|Scenic Bridge in Antrim, NH|
The Antrim Home and Harvest Festival is a 2-day, weekend festival and we attended on Saturday morning through early afternoon. We arrived right around 10:00am and scored a lucky curbside parking spot quite close to the town center. There were dozens of activities scheduled from morning through night yet there was just the right amount of time cushioned in between to wander, soak up the atmosphere, catch some live music, and explore the craft vendors.
|Always popular face painting booth|
|Waiting in anticipating for the parade|
|Plentiful NH fire engines on parade|
to the delight of young kids!
The highlight for us was the parade at 11:30am. My nephews couldn’t get enough of the various fire engines from Antrim and other local towns—and it’s a good thing because there were plenty of emergency vehicles, race cars, and tractors to delight them! Local businesses sponsored sweet hand-decorated parade floats and many passed out candy. The requisite local marching bands and scout troops also joined in the parade fun and the Christmas tree costumes parading through promoting November’s local Festival of Trees event were delightful.
The skateboard competitions were held at the skate park across the river behind the town hall—perhaps a 5 minute walk-- and this is definitely where the teens seemed to congregating but there were also a handful playing Wii upstairs in the Town Hall. (A good idea to have this backup activity handy in case it rained after all!)
|Pizza Guy was a huge hit|
This year the Antrim Home and Harvest Festival will take place Friday and Satuday September 16-17th, 2015 in Antrim, NH. Visit their event listing here. Their full schedule of events can be found here.
|Lovely church steeple |
in downtown Antrim, NH
- Drive the speed limit (which is lower than you think). There were lots of cops with radars sitting in wait along the quiet back country roads --the only kind of roads to get you to Antrim.
- Antrim is in a rural region of NH. Cell signals can spotty in this area.
- For town center street parking, arrive close to 10:00am (arrive later and you'll be diverted to designated overflow parking on High Street with a shuttle to take to you town).
- Bring cash--Most food and craft vendors do not accept plastic.
- The festival and most events are ADA Accessible as many events take place outside in downtown Antrim or inside town buildings. (not sure about the events at Tenney's Farm - call ahead!
- Not many gluten-free or healthier food options at all if this is important to you.
- On your way out of town, NH's own preservative- and additive-free Annabelle’s ice cream is worth the stop at scenic Tenney Farm!
|My nephew proudly and fiercely |
sporting his skull face painting.
- The festival and most events are stroller-friendly.
- Great festival if you have very young children—plenty of space to move, parks nearby if you want to spread out or picnic, face painting for a small fee and FREE inflatables! The parade will keep their attention.
- The skateboard competition and virtual downhill skiing will appeal to your older kids and teens.
- The schedule for the weekend's activities are posted on the Antrim Home and Harvest Festival website. Useful for planning ahead.