Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mt. Washington Valley Fairs, Oktoberfest, Halloween Events Offer Peaks of Fun

The Mt. Washington Valley in the White Mountains of New Hampshire always has something fun going on, and the remainder of October is no exception. The great thing about going to an entertaining event in this region is that you not only have something great to do, but also the advantage of touring some of the best fall foliage, lake and mountain scenery in New England. The following press release from the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce mentions Mt. area fall festivals, an Oktoberfest, a famous fair and scarecrow contest:

North Conway, NH -- Fall colors are a great reason to visit Mt Washington Valley in September, but add in fun foliage events, and you've gotten more reasons to visit Mt Washington Valley in September and October.  From World Championship Trike and Mud Football competitions to scarecrows and pumpkins, there are cider barrels full of events to enjoy this fall.  Simply click on the links below or visit and click on EVENTS for a complete list of additional events.
October 10, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30Cranmore Ghoullog Mountain Top Haunt: Get ready for the scariest chairlift ride of the season!  Visitors board the quad chairlift for a night-time ride to the summit for this haunted mountain-top tour.  Things go bump in the night, and then some. Tickets are $25 for all ages, and the doors open at 6pm, with tours starting at 7pm. Info:  603-356-5544,
October 2: Fall Festival and Scarecrow Contest at Settlers' Green Outlet Village: Look forward to dozens of handmade, unique scarecrows competing for cash awards all on display throughout the mall. Come early, pumpkins will be given to the first 100 kids for $2 per pumpkin while supplies last, join in the pumpkin pie contest, enjoy free apple cider, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, live music and more. All free and open to the public. It all takes place 11am-3pm.  Info: 603-356-7031,
October 3 - 10:  Fryeburg FairMaine's Blue Ribbon Fair takes place with plenty of livestock, harness racing, live entertainment and much more.  Look for yearly favorites like Woodsman's Day and the pan toss, along with plenty of rides, baked goods, handmade items and more.  It's a week of fair fun on the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. Info: 207-935-3268,
October 9-10:  10th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Attitash: A weekend-long event including live Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig Band, dancing, children's activities, games, authentic German food and of course, the Oktoberfest Bier Garten featuring brewers from around the region. vote for your favorite brew to see who raises the Best Brew trophy Sunday afternoon. In addition, there will be Stein Holding and Keg toss competitions for adults 21+. For the kids, Euro Bungy, Climbing Wall, Bouncy House, and a fully staffed Kinderplatz tent with face painting, games are in store throughout the day. Located at the Base of Bear Peak, open noon to 6pm on Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. Info: Corey Madden at 603-374-2615 or
 October 30: Ghost and Goblin Trail: This is your chance to travel around the White Mountains, in or out of costume and experience our unique inns while "Trick or Treating".  Each participating inn will offer a frightfully unique experience!  If you arrive in costume you will receive a treat!  If not you must perform a trick to earn your treat!  Prize for best costume on the tour! Once again this year participate in the Great Mystery Muddle of the White Mountains - a riddle and jumbled word contest!  Grand prize includes a $200 gift certificate towards lodging at any BBInnMWV member and a basket of goodies donated by each participating inn. Participating Inns will be offering tickets as part of their lodging packages.  Info:
While there is still plenty of availability left for your fall foliage getaway, this is a popular time to visit, so be sure to book your lodging reservations early or "forever hold your peep"!  For more information on additional events and vacations in Mt Washington Valley, please visit or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (603-367-3364). 

Weekly New England Travel and Vacation Gazette Editor's note: we recommend calling ahead to your chosen destination first before setting out on the planned itinerary as operating hours of the given event and merchandise for sale can potentially change!

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