DERRY — It's the town's big party held every September, joining families, businesses and organizations together for a day of community spirit.
This year's 30th annual Derryfest celebration is Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in MacGregor Park on East Broadway next to Derry Public Library.
Local businesses, artisans, eateries and organizations will fill the park with fun, crafts, children's activities and a long list of bandstand activities and entertainment throughout the day.
For 30 years, Derryfest has offered a day of community spirit, support of local businesses and organizations and a way for people to come out and have fun.
Special guests will be on hand throughout the day to greet Derryfest guests, including newly-crowned Miss Greater Derry Morgan Torre.
Torre, a member of the Red Star Twirlers, won the 33rd annual competition in August and will be at a booth along with Derry police to promote her social impact initiative about the dangers of texting and driving.
This year's celebration will also have a special twist to honor the 300th anniversary all this year of the original Nutfield settlement.
During Derryfest opening ceremonies, several of the original founding members of the event will be introduced and honored with a small memento. Those original members include Barbara Ellingwood, Bob Oxford, Brenda Keith and Cathy Goldthwaite among others.
At 3:15, hundreds of cupcakes will be distributed to Derryfest visitors, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarket, to honor the 30th anniversary of the town celebration.
Also to honor the traditions and history of this area, the band Ulster Landing will take the MacGregor Park stage at 1 p.m., offering Celtic folk music reminiscent of the original settlers that came here to call Nutfield their new home. Following Ulster Landing, a new time capsule will be created that will then be sealed and opened 50 years from now.
Prior to Derryfest day, there will be several events going on in town including the annual Greater Derry's Got Talent contest. Presented by the Greater Derry Arts Council, the talent show's final round is Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Derry Opera House in downtown Derry. Top winners will be featured on the MacGregor Park stage during Derryfest.
On Derryfest day, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 63 East Broadway, hosts its annual Derryfest breakfast, 7 to 10:30 a.m., featuring pancakes, eggs, waffles potatoes, bacon, sausage, muffins, coffee, tea and juice. A free will donation will be accepted.
Once Derryfest ends, the fun continues with the sold-out Derry After Dark, Sept. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Manning Street in downtown Derry. Derry After Dark is a celebration of craft beer and local eateries. This is the third year for Derry After Dark after hosting sellout crowds since the beginning.
For information visit derryfest.org.
30th annual Derryfest
Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Appearing on the MacGregor Park stage:
10 a.m. — Opening ceremonies/national anthem/proclamation to honor Nutfield 300th
10:30 a.m. — RealSchool of Music
10:45 a.m. — The Voice Studio
11 a.m. — Red Star Productions
11:30 a.m. —Greater Derry's Got Talent winners
11:55 a.m. — God Bless America
12 p.m. — POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony
12:15 p.m. — New Hampshire Academie of Dance
12:30 p.m. — Karate International of Windham
12:45 p.m. — Kids Coop Theatre
1 p.m. — Ulster Landing band
1:45 p.m. — Nutfield 300th anniversary time capsule
2 p.m. — Wildlife Encounters
2:30 p.m. — Dance Progressions
2:45 p.m. — Silly Solutions
3:15 p.m. — Announcements
3:30 p.m. — Stage Craft
4 p.m. — Conclusion
6 to 9 p.m. — Derry After Dark, a celebration of craft beer and eateries, Manning Street, Derry