Conway’s long-awaited 250th celebration is here

  • Conway will celebrate it’s 250th in June. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Sunset over Roaring Brook Road in Conway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Recorder Staff
Published: 6/7/2017 12:58:51 PM

The town’s much anticipated 250th Anniversary Celebration is finally here.

On Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, a theater event, “Six By Six By Six,” will be held at the Sportsman’s Club on Elmer Road. Next week, festivities in the town center begin Thursday, with the Conway Grammar School Show and an exhibition of artwork by Lester Stevens Art, and continue through Sunday, June 15 to 18.

“It’s a gorgeous place, and filled with a lot of great people with big hearts,” said Richard Pollet, who helped organize the event. Featuring fireworks, a parade, agricultural and cultural events, history walks and a car show, the anniversary event culminates five years of planning by the 250th Anniversary Committee.

About a thousand people attend the town’s Festival of the Hills each year, said Committee Chairwoman Heidi Flanders — a lot for Conway’s small downtown. Organizers are expecting a turnout in the thousands for the anniversary celebration.

Past fundraising drives for the celebration include the Chesbro Challenge, Irish Roadbowling and a beard-growing contest (which is why Town Administrator Tom Hutcheson’s beard is so long).

Admission is free. Once inside, vendors and food tents will be offering up items for sale. Make sure to bring cash. The majority of vendors, including a Berkshire Brewing beer tent, live music and other activities, will happen on the town ballfield off Route 116 in the downtown area.

“We’re trying to make it about the past, the present and the future,” said Flanders. “It’s going to be a good size.”

Parking will be on nearby farmers’ fields, “depending on hay season,” Flanders noted. Shuttle service will be available. The event is fully accessible.

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