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Fee-Free Events Are Perfect for Value Vacationers

News from Mt Washington Valley, NH - May 10, 2012

CONTACT:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,


North Conway, NH – While your Mama may have told you that four letter words are naughty, there’s one four letter word that visitors sing out loud and clear when visiting Mt Washington Valley.  Nothing resonates better with budget-minded visitors than FREE, so here is a line of up all the fee-free events and activities available in Mt Washington Valley this summer.  Combine this with affordable lodging at one of the region’s campgrounds or motels and you can easily enjoy a 2-day escape in Mt Washington Valley for under $150 for four, starting with Memorial Day.

May 27: Seacoast Wind Ensemble: In the style of a Sousa Band, The Seacoast Wind Ensemble will honor area Veterans and provide a musical salute to thank those that served in the armed forces to preserve our nation and insure our freedom. As always, there is no charge for this concert, but donations are appreciated! Presented at 7:30pm at the Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy. Info: 207.935.9232,

May 27: Jackson Wildquack Duck River Festival: Watching more than 3,500 yellow rubber ducks make their way down the Wildcat River to the finish line will excite the child in all of you. The prizes are incredible offering more than $2,500 in cash and 60 other prizes including vacation stays, dining certificates, spa treatments, gift baskets, attractions tickets and so much more. There’ll be barbeque foods offered by local and visiting chefs, kettle corn, ice cream, lobster sandwiches and more. Watch the “ever growing” parade starting from the Covered Bridge at 1:30 PM, have your picture taken with “Wildquack” the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Duck, and enjoy this “ole” fashioned “Day in the Park”. Plus, pick your very own special duck at the first-time “Pluck your Duck” kickoff party or purchase your duck tickets at one of our participating ticket sales representatives. Find out who will be this year’s “Jackson’s Cake Boss” by visiting the “Jackson Cake Boss Competition Tent area and try out all the yummy entrees. Do you think you’ve got talent? Be sure to register for your “5 Minutes of Fame” contest and don’t miss the very popular Silent Auction tables. It’s a day of wacky, quacky fun; free admission. Info: 603-383-9356,

May 28: Free Golf & BBQ for Military & First Responders:  In recognition of all they do, Province Lake Golf a Memorial Day Appreciation Golf Outing and Barbecue for all active/retired military and local first responders. It's a day of free golf and barbecue for those individuals and spouse. Active and retired military, firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel are treated to a free round of cart with a cart and a BBQ with their spouse.  Flag raising starts at 10:45am, tee times start at noon. Info: 207-793-4904,

June 2:  Free Fishing Day at Wildcat Mountain: Rain or shine join in with Representatives and volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Mountain Club will provide a day's wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started from 10am to 3pm. Participants, who register on the morning of the event receive a “passport” outlining 5 stations that must be completed before they can begin fishing. Educational and instructional skill stations will include: Knot Tying; Fish ID; Casting; Ecology; Macro Invertebrates; and Fishing. Each station activity will take 15-20 minutes to complete and once an activity has been completed, the passport will be stamped and the aspiring angler will be one step closer to casting a line in the stocked fishing pond!  Info: 888.SKI.WILD or 603.466.3326.

June 9-16: 5th Annual Rally in the Valley Bike Week: Motorcycle enthusiasts and those to love them will want to mark the calendar for 6 days of guided rides, poker run, bike show with $2,000 in cash prizes, tattoo contest, fashion show, 8 nights of live entertainment and much more geared exclusively for bikers.  Enjoy special discounts, and events geared exclusively for bikers! Headquarters Info: Hillbilly's Southern BBQ, 1903 White Mtn. Hwy. in North Conway. OK, it’s not free, but a $5 Wristband is your entry into all events throughout the week.  Now that’s a bargain! All proceeds benefit the Valley Riders Scholarship Fund for Trade School Students.  For a complete schedule of events, go to

June 17:  Dad flies free at Wildcat: Bring along pop, dad, the old man, daddy, father, da-da, the big guy, grampa, whatever you call him...and purchase at least one or more Junior/Adult Wildcat Express scenic gondola rides, and Dad will ride for free.  Info: 888.SKI.WILD or 603.466.3326.

July 3, 10, 17, 24: Movies on the Green at Settlers' Green: Settlers' Green is hosting Movies on the Green every Tuesday in July & August. Enjoy a night at the movies with the whole family for free. A giant sixteen-foot movie screen and Blu-Ray projector, comfy outdoor lounge chairs for the first 30 guests, full dinner menu, ice cream and popcorn, all on the lawn on a warm summer night! Movies start at dusk and are all G or PG rated family films.  Combine this with tax-free shopping at the largest collection of outlets in North Conway, and this is a true value-vacationer’s event! Here’s the schedule:

July 3 - Puss in Boots
July 10 - Kung Fu Panda 2
July 17 - Charlotte's Web
July 24 – Megamind

 Info: 603-356-7031,

July 12, 19, 26: Arts Jubilee Outdoor Concerts: Come to Cranmore Mountain and enjoy an outdoor music event every Thursday this summer. Bring friends and family plus your own picnic blanket or lawn chairs. An early concert by area performers is at 6 PM, the featured main performance is at 7:00 PM. The July 12th will feature "Freese Brothers Band: Oldies and Goodies". The July 19th Concert will feature "Entrain: Calypso, Blues, rock, Zydeco and More!". The July 26th concert will feature "James Andrews: Funky Mardi Gras!". Concerts are presented outdoors in nature's beautiful setting with mountain views at the base of the north slope at Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, NH. Admission: Kids 12 and under are free. Adults: $10, Seniors: (65 and up) $8. Info: 603-356-5544,

To view a complete schedule of events, plus vacation planning resources, visit  To talk to a vacation planning representative, call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364) for inside advice and ideas to make your Mt Washington Valley getaway fun filled and possible almost free!

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