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Festival of Hills moves

Ball field renovations force event to Conway Grammar School

Construction has begun on the Conway Ball Field. Recorder/Micky Bedell

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CONWAY — With renovations to the town ball field ongoing, this year’s Festival of the Hills will be moved to the Conway Grammar School.

According to Michelle Harris, the chairwoman of the committee that oversees the event, this year’s festival will be the first in 53 years to be held outside the town center.

“We’re excited about the town ball field construction, but because of it we have to move the festival for this year only,” said Harris.

Harris said the festival will use all the school’s grounds, and parking will be available across Route 116 on Roaring Brook Road.

“Local authorities are working with us to make crossing the road safe for all attendees,” Harris said.

The Festival of the Hills originated in 1913 to raise funds for the town’s 150th anniversary celebration, which was held on June 17, 1915. According to Harris, it was re-established in the early 1960s to raise money for the Town’s 200th anniversary, and has been held annually ever since by a group of volunteers. Money raised goes toward scholarships for Conway’s graduating high school seniors.

The festival will take place Oct. 5, rain or shine. Attractions will include live bands from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. including Michael Nix & Chris Devine, Zach Danziger, Art Steele, T.J & The Peepers and Janet Ryan with Straight Up, as well as crafts, food, children’s activities, hand-made candy, local artisan raffle, demonstrations, fried dough with Boyden’s maple cream, freshly pressed cider with apples from Cold Spring Orchard, a 10K adult race and 1.2-mile kids road race.

On Saturday, Harris said, there will be a series of events held in the town center, including a bake sale and an Historical Society open house, and a book sale and art show at the Field Memorial Library. The art show will be held on Sunday as well.

Also on Saturday, a community turkey dinner will be held at the Grammar School.

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