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August 19, 2012

Moose Festival Time
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 01:51 PM * 17 comments

Tired of the heat? Tired of the crowds? Time to gear up for Moose Festival!

Yes, it’s that time again. This coming Friday (24 August) the 21st Annual Moose Festival commences in downtown Colebrook (sprawling all over the North Country to Stewartstown, Pittburg, and Caanan, VT).

New this year, we’ll have tours of the Tillotson Center on Carriage Way.

Since this is an election year and New Hampshire is a swing state it’s more than likely that we’ll have politicians, even national level politicians, roaming around downtown. Don’t bring your baby if you don’t want it kissed.

Events include a classic auto show, downtown street fair, history displays, quilt show, food vendors, art exhibits, live music, kids’ entertainment, photo contest, huge craft fair, moose stew cookoff, helicopter rides, moose-calling contest, and a day at the farm.

Get the full schedule here.

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[UPDATE 24 AUG 12]

The first day of Moose Festival has finished. As befits an election year there was a whole row of political booths. Here’s the Democrats’ tent on Main Street.

Comments on Moose Festival Time:
#1 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2012, 02:12 PM:

If you're still kicking yourself over missing the Moxie Festival this is your chance to find redemption.

#2 ::: Debra Doyle ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2012, 02:55 PM:

Don't forget the dawn and dusk moose-watching tours.

(They have specially rigged-out vans and everything. Hey, if the coastal folks can charge tourists to go out on boats and look for whales, the north country can charge them to go drive around and look for moose.)

#3 ::: Jim Hetley ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2012, 03:08 PM:

Don't have to drive over to Colebrook for moose. Can have them in my own back yard.

#4 ::: Debra Doyle ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2012, 04:52 PM:

But think of all the moose-deprived people from Down Below!

Now they can come to the North Country for all their moose-related needs!

#5 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2012, 05:18 PM:

Having been close enough in the wild (accidentally, I assure you) to a moose to have patted it gently on the muzzle (which I did not do, for obvious reasons), I don't really need to see more moose.

#6 ::: Jim Hetley ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2012, 07:01 PM:

They *are* pretty damn ugly, up close.

#7 ::: Ewan ::: (view all by) ::: August 19, 2012, 10:01 PM:

Drove through NH (and some of Maine, en route to Quebec City) this past week, eyes wide open for moose the whole time. Despite that - and occasional cries of "Here, moosie moosie;" ok, that may not have actually helped - we have yet to see one on any of the many trips through VT/NH. Which is too bad, at least from the perspective of one who has not yet actually been *faced* with a ton of irritated quadruped.

We were amused by the difference in moose signs between the US and Canada: Canadian moose apparently frolic.

#8 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2012, 02:18 AM:

Speaking of Moxie, I found some in California! So of course I had to try it. Verdict: not bad -- I'd drink it again. Somewhat reminiscent of root beer, but lacking the true root-beer flavor.

(KeithS agrees with me, from the opposite direction -- he dislikes root beer, and found Moxie to be "like root beer but without being so obnoxious".)

#9 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2012, 02:39 PM:

Moose Alley is US Rt 3 north of Pittsburg village to the Canadian border.

Meanwhile: In preparation for Moose Festival my tall, strong, handsome younger son mowed the lawn and put up political yard signs. Election years! Gotta love 'em!

#10 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: August 20, 2012, 03:24 PM:

I am now earwormed with "When it is Moose Fest time/In Colebrook, New Hhhhhampshire..." but that's as far as I'm willing to go.

#11 ::: Teresa Niielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: August 21, 2012, 12:09 AM:

I have been to the Moose Festival, and had a good time. If my main (not Maine; I mean NH) computer hadn't died this evening in a way that suggests it's lost its smoke, I'd post one of my favorite snapshots ever, which I took there.

#12 ::: Xopher HalfTongue ::: (view all by) ::: August 21, 2012, 12:37 AM:

TexAnne, with a long description of a moosefight in the middle? And a digression about a dog?

#13 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: August 22, 2012, 11:00 PM:

I momentarily mis-read Xopher's "Moosefight" as "Mooseflight" and pictured it as being something like the Pern books...

#15 ::: Cadbury Moose ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2012, 05:37 PM:

Jim @ #6 I resent that remark!


Moose festival is tomorrow, I'd better run through the checklist.

1) Unplug telephone or switch off bells.
2) Earplugs.
3) Change firewall settings from "Roast" to "Vaporize".
4) Comfy chair.
5) Crate of Young's Double Chocolate Stout.
6) Cocoa-dusted Truffles.
7) Captain Vorpatril's Alliance.

Yep, all set: the Moose callers will not disturb me.

#16 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: August 25, 2012, 12:10 AM:

Updated with a photo!

#17 ::: Tracie ::: (view all by) ::: August 25, 2012, 12:37 AM:

Eric Nelson #13: it being Xopher's post, I would not have been surprised by the Flying Moose of Nargothrond.

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