It was a fairy good day in Nashua
Giovanna Roy of Bedford, also known as Mermaid Giovanna, welcomes kids to have their photos taken with a mermaid. (BARBARA TAORMINA/Union Leader Correspondent)
Coordinated by Denise-Marie McIntosh with the help of dozens of businesses and nonprofit organizations, the festival brings fairy tales to life through story-telling, dance, games, and other activities.
Mermaid Giovanna, aka Giovanna Roy, of Bedford, was a natural to help open an Oceans of Discovery Fairy Fest. Roy, a student at Colby Sawyer College, runs Mermaid Crowns. The company designs sea-themed sculptured headdresses for specialty boutiques.
Roy, a 2011 graduate of Bedford High School, has Asperger's syndrome and is a well-known voice in Southern New Hampshire for raising awareness about autism.
Marissa Bowdin, 9, and her sister, Jaelyn, 6, said they come to the festival every year dressed as fairies. This year, Marissa came as Ariel from Disney's "Little Mermaid," while Jaelyn opted to dress as Belle from "Beauty and the Beast."
Olivia Jackson, 3, of Manchester came as a music fairy with wings made of sheet music.
The mission of Summerfun events is to provide free family entertainment for families who live in and around Nashua.
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