The 25th Annual NH Pumpkin Festival Comes to Laconia This Year!

Pumpkin Fest 2015The Keene Pumpkin Festival has a new home starting this year. In the heart of New Hampshire, Laconia has opened its doors and is proud to be hosting the famous annual event, now called Pumpkin Festival 2015, and this year is its 25th Anniversary! Come to the Lakes Region to see thousands of lit jack-o-lanterns on the spectacular signature pumpkin tower as well as on the streets around town! Continue reading

Get Ready for the 5th Annual WOW Fest!

wow_bk_white-150pxwideWalk, bike, or run – whatever your preference, there is an event for you next weekend in Laconia, NH, where the 5th annual WOW Fest is taking place. There will be road races, bicycle challenges, and a fun walk followed by a BBQ luncheon, live music, and many family-friendly activities. This annual event is one of the most important fundraisers for the WOW Trail, a four-season, paved trail that is in development for non-motorized activities. Event organizers are encouraging the community to come out next Saturday, have some fun, get some exercise, and support the WOW Trail! Continue reading

WOW Fest this weekend in Laconia!

wow_bk_white-150pxwideThe 2nd Annual WOW Fest will take place this Saturday, September 18th, at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.  NH WOW?Fest is a fun-filled event for the whole family, featuring two bicycle challenges, a 10K road race, a fun walk, barbeque, live music and activities for the kids!

The WOW Fest is a fundraiser and celebration of the Winnisquam – Opechee – Winnipesaukee (WOW) Trail, a multi-use, non-motorized recreational pathway that will eventually stretch 9 miles along the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railway bed, through Laconia to the Meredith and Belmont town lines, connecting with other trail systems.  Phase 1 was completed in May and comprises the first 1.3 miles of a paved, 10-foot wide path in downtown on bikes

This year’s festival features its first ever Take Opechee 10K road race, which starts on Main Street in Laconia and circles Lake Opechee, running along a portion of the newly opened WOW Trail and finishing at the Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.  For cyclists, there’s the Take the Lake Challenge, a 67-mile race around Lake Winnipesaukee, or the Take the Bay Challenge, which winds 15 miles around Paugus Bay.  With the 2.5-mile Take the Trail Fun Walk and the Kids’ Fun Run, the WOW Fest has something for everyone!

Come to the Lakes Region this weekend and cheer on all the WOW athletes while enjoying the beautiful fall weather in New Hampshire!

Carrie Reed
Mill Falls Blogging Team

Images courtesy of WOW Trail and Kevin J. Sperl