New Hampshire
Folklife in New Hampshire

Celebrate New Hampshire Festival

June 7 - 11, 2000
Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, Contoocook, NH

Celebrate New Hampshire festival was an expanded recreation of the New Hampshire program of the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The program was called Celebrating New Hampshire Stories and was developed from research carried out by folklorists and community scholars during the winter, spring, summer, and fall of 1998. Over two dozen folklorists and community scholars helped to interview, photograph, and learn from over 500 individuals. Over 200 individuals and 30 organizations participated in the 4-day event. Another 100 or so people joined in for Saturday workshops, special celebrations and evening concerts.

The Front Porch stage

The Front Porch stage

New Hampshire Kitchen

New Hampshire Kitchen

The Celebrate New Hampshire festival occupied the entire Hopkinton State Fairgrounds.

The festival site was organized around themes and had a wide range of built structures.

Click here to learn more about the themes and the festival site.

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Click here to view images from the New Hampshire program "Celebrating New Hampshire Stories"

There were six scheduled venues:

Each day of the event featured a different theme. Performances, discussions and special activities were planned to focus upon each theme. They were:

Three evening concerts were held:

Here's a typical day at the Festival from the program book schedule of events:

Photo credits
All: Photographer - Lynn Martin Graton