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Festive attire and attitudes are encouraged at the annual Town Family Feud. (Courtesy photo)

Hooksett officials offer 'Family Feud' event to benefit Old Town Hall restoration

HOOKSETT — Name one way multiple community organizations can come together each year to support a good cause.

Survey says: The Hooksett Town Family Feud.

The third annual event, organized by the Hooksett Heritage Commission and Hooksett Historical Society, will take place Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the main room downstairs at the Hooksett Public Library.

“It’s rather like the game show on TV, only amateur and small time,” said Kathie Northrup, chairman of the Heritage Commission. “We try to make it as festive as possible, and it’s a nice opportunity for people to get together and engage with some of the other volunteer groups in town. It’s a fun evening for anyone who comes.”

Eight five-person teams of town employees and volunteers compete in the fun, charitable effort. Those teams, which each paid a $25 entry fee, include members of the Hooksett Republican Committee (Gipper’s Red Raiders), the Hooksett Town Council (Council Clan), two teams of town employees (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly/No Name Necessary) from various departments, library employees (Library Scientists), Webster Woods residents (Webster Wood Feuders), library trustees (Library Card-ashians) and representatives from the Head School Society (School Belles).

The team matchups are determined by drawing prior to the start of the games, and the questions and top answers are all found online, said Northrup. The victorious team captures the title of “Best Feudin’ Town Family,” complete with a shiny gold trophy and a restaurant gift card. If a team compiles more than 200 points, an anonymous donor has pledged $100 to the team.

“We’ve got our eight teams. Now we’re looking for the other very important part of the event — an enthusiastic audience to cheer them on,” said Northrup. “We’re happy to have some repeat teams along with two new ones. It’s an opportunity to have a few laughs and meet other people in town while helping us raise money for an important community project.”

This year’s effort supports the preservation of the Old Town Hall. The Old Town Hall Preservation Committee is in the process of restoring, preserving and maintaining the historic structure at 16 Main St.

The Family Feud event includes door prizes, drawings, light refreshments, a silent auction and more. The silent auction includes movie passes, restaurant certificates, a locally handcrafted wooden clock, car washes, oil changes, dance lessons, a grocery store gift card and more.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the feud begins at 6:30. A donation of $5 is requested for adults and teenagers 14 and over. Younger children will be admitted for free.

The evening is sponsored by former Hooksett Selectman Arnold A. Green.

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