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One of the first Francestown Labor Day Celebration parades in the early 1900s. (COURTESY)

Peterborough children's author to be featured at Francestown Labor Day Celebration

FRANCESTOWN — Francestown is getting ready for its 97th annual Labor Day celebration, originally held as a Red Cross fundraiser during World War I.

The weekend of activities will include the traditional Labor Day parade and a juried art show.

Festivities begin Friday night with a Labor Day Memorial Contra/Square Dance at the Francestown Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the tennis tournament starts at locations around town at 8 a.m. and continues through Sunday. There is also a Saturday night rock, blues and country & western dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Town Hall featuring Tony Ludwig and Lonesome Train.

The 20th annual Mud Volleyball Tournament is set to start at 10 a.m. Sunday at the town recreation fields on Route 136; the golf scramble begins at 1 p.m. at Crotched Mountain Resort Golf Club; and Vespers Singing and Music at the Old Meeting House is set for 7 p.m.

The main event is saved for Monday, Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the annual juried arts and craft exhibit and sale at the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society Park and in front of the town office building on Main Street. More than 30 craftspeople are included this year.

The show has been a tradition of the Labor Day celebration for more than 25 years.

The show highlights local artisans as well as those from across New England, said organizer Carol Barr.

The show includes jewelry, pottery, hand-blown glass, furniture, leather goods, cloth toys, original art, quilts, gourmet food and demonstrations.

“Anyone can go into a department store and purchase something that is made half-way around the world, but how special to go and purchase something that is made by hand, by a craftsman,” Barr said. “This year, we have added a new dimension to the juried arts with the addition of a nationally known children’s book author and illustrator from Peterborough, by the name of Lita Judge.”

Judge will read from her books, and sketch.

Judge’s work includes “Red Sled,” “One Thousand Tracings,” “How Big Were Dinosaurs?” and “Flight School.”

The “Let’s Take a Trip” themed parade is set to start Monday at 2 p.m. at the fire house to the center of town along Main Street.

For a full schedule of events go online to