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September 4, 2013

Hampton Beach Seafood festival offers best of local cuisine

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David noted three main events that are crowd favorites:

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the 4th annual lobster roll eating contest will be held. The event draws large crowds to see who can eat the most.

On Saturday night, the fireworks display begins at 8:15. Immediately preceding it is a concert by the 39th Army Band, a New Hampshire-based National Guard band.

On Sunday, the Skydive New England team will perform. It will feature 16 skydivers jumping from 14,000 feet and landing in the center of Hampton Beach. Skydive New England will be dropping a total of 16 skydivers including a 10-person formation with smoke, a four-person canopy formation stacking one skydiver on top of another, and two skydivers will freefall at 125 mph, opening their chutes at an altitude of 5,500 feet with one carrying a Canadian flag and another the United States flag.

Other events include Pat Whitley Culinary Chef Demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

David emphasized that the best way to get to the event is to park in one of the several designated free satellite parking areas and use the free shuttle buses.

“It’s the fastest and most cost-effective way to get to the festival,” she said.

The following lots have been designated:

FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Municipal parking lot, High Street, Hampton

Old Town Hall parking lot, Winnacunnet Road, Hampton

FRIDAY AFTER 5 P.M.; SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Town Hall parking lot, 100 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton

Center School, 53 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton

Hampton Academy Junior High, 29 Academy Ave., Hampton

Marston School, 4 Marston Way, Hampton

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY

Winnacunnet High School student lot, 1 Alumni Drive, Hampton .

Medical Building, 55 High St., Hampton

Ocean Bank, 117 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton

Merrill Industrial Drive, Merrill Drive, Hampton

Free handicapped shuttle service is available at Hampton Beach State Park, Route 1A, Hampton

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