June 7 - 11, 2000
Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, Contoocook, NH
The Celebrate New Hampshire festival was held from June 7 - 11, 2000 at the Hopkinton State Fairgrounds in Contoocook, New Hampshire.
Henry Riendeau (foreground), his brother Larry and other musicians perform Franco- American music at the Grange Hall Stage.
At the core of the event was "Celebrating New Hampshire Stories," the New Hampshire presentation at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC.
Non-profit organizations and state agencies were invited to expand upon this core by showcasing a variety of programs and activities that help to preserve New Hampshire's cultural and natural heritage. The result was the largest celebration of New Hampshire culture ever seen in the state.
Andre Belanger demonstrates sign carving in the "Home, Town & Community" theme area.
A total of 35,000 people attended the five-day festival. The first three days that were set aside for school visits and during that time over 10,000 students grades K-12 came to see and participate in performances and demonstrations of the state's living cultural heritage.
The festival was organized around the 5 original themes presented at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Two more themes were added to embrace the expanded presentations.
Kung Tai Tsay demonstrates Chinese knot tying.
Hans & Roberta Kaufhold demonstrating stone cutting.
Organizers & sponsors for the 2000 Celebrate New Hampshire festival included:
New Hampshire Commission on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and its non-profit affiliate Celebrate New Hampshire Culture in partnership with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Resources, and the State of New Hampshire. The presenting sponsor was Bell Atlantic (Verizon). Other major sponsors included Fleet Bank NH; Healthsource NH, A CIGNA Healthcare Company; Public Service of New Hampshire; Sanders, A Lockeed Martin Company; Tyco International Ltd.; Anheuser Busch Companies, Ind.; Fidelity Investments; Fisher Scientific International Inc.; Bank of New Hampshire; Citizens Bank; New Hampshire Sweepstakes Commission; Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.; and Clark Hill Sugary, Inc., and Grappone Auto Junction. Special thanks to: New Hampshire State Department of Corrections; New Hampshire Army National Guard; New Hampshire State Police; Hopkinton High School; Hopkinton State Fair Board of Directors; Hopkinton Town Manager; Stoney Morell, Heritage New Hampshire; MCT Telecom; New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism Development; the University of New Hampshire Extension Services, Division of Forestry; and the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies.
For a full list of sponsors & staff, please contact:Traditional Arts Program of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
All: Photographer - Lynn Martin Graton