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Oct 14, 2019








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Spring Into Healthy Giving Fair

When: Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Downtown Main Street, between Pleasant Street and Hill Avenue, Concord
Cost: Free admission; some activities require a fee

Celebration of giving
Concord Food Co-Op presents downtown street fair

By Matt Ingersoll

 Giving is good for the soul, and it can be fun, too — and the Concord Food Co-Op is setting out to prove it with its Spring Into Healthy Giving Fair, which will feature a petting zoo, a ping-pong contest, Cow Patty Bingo, live music and more.

Main Street in Concord will be closed off from Pleasant Street to Hills Avenue for the mini street fair, which will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will help raise money for and awareness of local nonprofit organizations.
“We thought that if we could get a number of different nonprofits together in one place for one event, we’d be able to draw more people down and cross-promote different types of organizations,” said Greg Lessard, director of development for the Concord Food Co-Op and event organizer.
Planning for the fair started back in October, he said.
“We started with nonprofits that the Co-Op works with on a regular basis, and then others in the neighborhood started to get in on the conversations about getting involved,” he said. “One of the first things that came up was Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord wanting to do a Cow Bingo game as a fundraiser … and then the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire wanted to do a loaded baked potato sale.”
Prior to the start of the fair, visitors can enjoy breakfast provided by Live Juice and The Works Bakery Cafe while they watch organizers set up for the day. A portion of the profits from the breakfasts will be donated to the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire.
Different sections of Main Street where the fair will be held will be organized accordingly, including a petting zoo courtesy of The Traveling Barnyard, a kids’ play and craft area and more. Diana Erickson of Thrive Outdoors, who is also the current Mrs. New Hampshire, will be doing face-painting at the fair, according to Lessard. 
There will be a ping-pong competition from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with ping-pong tables set up on Main Street. Kids and adults of all ages can participate, and the winner will receive two tickets to an Amos Lee concert at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Aug. 2. The cost to enter is $15 per person, with proceeds benefiting Intown Concord.
“People can enter to compete right up until the last minute,” Lessard said. “We’re also inviting people and groups to challenge their friends. … The Concord Police Department, for example, has challenged the Fire Department for a competitive game of ping-pong.”
Live music will be provided by the Strings & Things band from noon to 3 p.m. The fair will also feature Cow Patty Bingo games in the middle of Main Street from 1 to 3 p.m., along with several raffle tables and merchandise sold by the participating nonprofits. The cost to participate is $5 per person.
“For Cow Bingo, we’re actually going to make a large grid chalk line marker on Main Street that will be in a corralled area, and we will put little calves in there,” Lessard said, adding that Erickson will be the judge. “One calf will do his duty when a square is called and where he falls, the person who got that square wins 50 percent of the proceeds, with the other 50 percent going to Pope Memorial SPCA.”
Visitors will also get a chance to win four tickets behind home plate to an Boston Red Sox game in July. The exact date of the game has yet to be determined, but Lessard said raffle tickets are available for purchase now online or throughout the day of the fair, for $5 per ticket or $10 per three tickets. The winner of the Red Sox tickets will be drawn at 3 p.m. at the conclusion of the fair.
“We’re hoping to offer something for everyone so that they’d have a hard time saying no to coming down to the event,” Lessard said.

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