On Independence Day in 2013 I attended the New Boston, NH parade which marked the town’s 250th anniversary. Later I went to the Hillsborough County Fairground to have lunch, see the antique cars, the Molly Stark cannon, mud volleyball and other small town activities.
The town had booked an act called Secret Circus who put on quite an entertaining show. Maya and Brent McCoy juggle, tell jokes, interact with the audience and as a grand finale, Maya fires a toilet plunger “arrow” at a target held by her husband who is atop a unicycle.
Visit their website to see examples of their clowning.
Chicken BBQ always a treat
And some ice cream for dessert churned by a gasoline engine from 1858
Patrick O’Brien with some miniature horses I had to leave before the mud volleyball match which is very entertaining. They provide an outdoor spigot and hose for the participants.
Mary Poppins marched in the parade, I met Sister Suffragette at the fairgrounds
“We’re clearly soldiers in petticoatsDauntless crusaders for women’s votes!”
Nothing runs like a Deere
Classic Cars Engines were simpler back then
Uncle Sam greets the onlookers at the New Boston, NH annual 4th of July Parade
86 New Boston men volunteered to serve in the American Civil War (1861-1865). 29 died in service. Learn more on the New Boston Historical Society webpage.
The newest town citizen participated in his first parade. The oldest citizen was also in the parade
The terminus of the parade is the Hillsborough 4H Fairgrounds.
The “Constitution” pumper
Best view of the parade is on mom’s shoulders
What is more Americana than a parade with tractors?
Doing backflips for the crowd
Eat candy and get sprayed from a float
After the parade the festivities continue on the New Boston Fairgrounds, with a chicken BBQ, mud volleyball, entertainment, horse events and more. The events start with the firing of the Molly Stark Cannon. Community Reporter Bill Wynne posted this video.
Fair Attendee Daisy Carr has a wink for the folks enjoying the chicken BBQ.
The Little Red Wagon playhouse presents “Into the Grimm” The Little Red Wagon is the longest running nonprofit, children’s theatre tour in the United States. Since 1971, “The Wagon” has performed every summer at more than 70 locations throughout New England.
Couldn’t resist a peek at the steering wheel of a antique. No air bags, no plastic, just wood and steel
Sarah Nelson plays fiddle with Rich Hamilton (video at end of this posting). The program listed the act as “Banjo and Old Lace” which was incorrect. Sarah partners with another banjo player with a different repertoire
Maya “Butterfly” McCoy takes aim with a plunger. Stunts, Acrobatics and more from “The Secret Circus”
A funny bit including sharp knives and a young boy (really)
Target for Plunger (“Butterfly” hit it on the first shot)
Impressive. “Honeymoon” was atop this holding the plunger target.
Audience participation. Jason was a good sport.
Some videos of the Entertainment (sorry about the shakiness, I had no tripod)