Coös County River Days

 

The Androscoggin and Connecticut Rivers were the prime transportation system for the timber industry at the turn of the 20th century.  Today they are scenic byways for viewing the natural beauty and wildlife of Coös County.  Over the years, two communities have celebrated the history of these two rivers that played a major role in the economy of Coös County.  These celebrations have created two fantastic festivals.  

Northern Forest Heritage Park of Berlin and Groveton Regional Economic Action Team of Groveton in association with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail have teamed together to present two fantastic opportunities to enjoy our rivers.  Each event presents paddling enthusiasts two options for enjoying our waterways.  There will be fun floats at each event lasting approximately one to two hours depending on how much time is spent taking in the view.  The only thing needed is a desire to have fun and something or anything that “Floats”.  The more adept paddlers can go for a serious paddle of approximately 12 miles lasting 2 to 4 hours.  Times vary depending on skill and willingness to race.  There will be prizes for the top finishers in the racing event.  Paddlers can chose to race with a kayak or canoe.

The Androscoggin River event is held on June 16th with registration held at the Bofinger Conservation Area in Milan NH.  Additionally, the Park is hosting the annual “WINGZILLA” Festival awarding the bragging right for the best Barbequed Chicken Wings in the North Country.  There is also a “Luck-of-the-Draw” Horseshoe Tournament and plenty of attractions for children.  Arts and crafts vendors along with special exhibits and informational displays will also be on hand making it a must see event for paddlers and non-paddlers alike.

On the Connecticut River the event begins on June 23rd with registration on the common in Guildhall Vermont, which is also the finish of the event. On hand throughout the day will be a Classic Car Show featuring some of the best classic cars on the North Country.  The Guildhall Fliers will be demonstrating some of their radio controlled air craft.  Arts and crafts vendors and informational displays will be on hand for visitors to the area.          

The organizers of both events hope to give each festival a boost in attendance with this brand new cooperative relationship.  At the same time organizers hope to help promote Coös County. All involved wish to seize the opportunity to showcase our county, and its many attractions, to visitors and tourists! 

Vendors and paddlers interested in being involved with activities on the Connecticut River please contact the Groveton Regional Economic Action Team at 603-636-0165 or visit www.greatnh.org.  Vendors and paddlers interested in being involved with activities on the Androscoggin River please call 603-752-7202, email heritage@ncia.net or visit www.northernforestheritage.org Additional features are being added so stay tuned for more announcements

Dick Huot: rhuot@tccap.org

Brian Bresnahan brian@greatnh.org

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