COLEBROOK — With a mix of old and new activities here as well as in Pittsburg and in nearby Canaan, Vt., the 23rd annual North Country Moose Festival is approaching quickly and, as always, organizers are hoping to again make it a big success.
Held on the final weekend before Labor Day, the Moose Festival, according to Britni White, of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, “has become a Great North Woods tradition” that this year will he held Aug. 22 through Aug. 24.
The festival kicks off in Colebrook as a street festival on Aug. 22 from 3 to 8 p.m. and getting to the festival in the downtown has been made easier thanks to a new shuttle service provided by Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital.
Once in Colebrook, Main Street will offer a variety and number of food and craft vendors and exhibits and from 3 to 6 p.m., the Kidz Korner at the Tillotson Center on Carriage Lane will present “Dana and Friends — Ventriloquist & Magician” as well as hosting a “science tent” operated by the Montshire Museum of Norwich, Vt.
The Tillotson Center on Aug. 22 will also host the “Wildlife Encounters” exhibit; games on its lawn; and a display of works by members of the Connecticut River Artisan Group in addition to tours of the Historical Society annex, located in the center’s basement.
The popular Moose Cruise of classic cars down Main Street begins at 6 p.m., which gives festival attendees enough time to see the Quilt Show, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Methodist Church as well as the Historical Society’s presentation, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Town Hall, about the Colebrook’s rich past.
Throughout the day, Main Street will be the place where visitors can also see dances by members of the Step by Step School of Dancem and learn about the Connecticut River Watershed, thanks to the Wildlife on Wheels Express. Nearby on Pleasant Street, there will be an ATV Safety Simulator for children, while nature lovers can get a guided tour of Colebrook’s River Walk beginning at the North Country Community Recreation Center.
At 5 p.m., the bluegrass/folk group Uncommon Folk will take the festival stage. In exchange for playing for free, the band has asked that attendees bring a donation, whether a non-perishable food item or cash, to support the local food pantry.
After the Moose Cruise, The Parker Hill Road Band will perform, playing the Moose Festival into its second day, which will have events both in Canaan at the Community Park and also in Pittsburg at the Amey Homestead.
The Moose Festival unofficially commences on Aug. 15 when the NCCOC will unveil its “Hoofin’ it at Moose Fest” promotion, a scavenger hunt for adults through Colebrook business with a cash prize for the winner. Instructions and a stamp card will be available at the chamber’s offices at 4 Titus Hill Road in Colebrook.
For more information as well as a complete schedule of Moose Festival events, go online to www.moosefestival.com or call the North Country Chamber of Commerce at 237-8939.