DERRY — Plans are in place for the town’s biggest party.
Derryfest 2019 is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MacGregor Park on East Broadway.
This will be the 30th year for the celebration and to honor this year’s 300th anniversary of the original Nutfield settlement, Derryfest will offer some historical touches during the day-long celebration, along with the regular vendors, community organizations, food booths, entertainment and much more.
As the year moves forward to celebrate all things Nutfield, Derryfest will put its own historical spin on the day with specialty activities.
During the lineup of entertainment featured on the MacGregor Park stage throughout the day, Irish band Ulster Landing will make an appearance and following the performance, a new Nutfield 300th time capsule will be assembled and filled.
Nutfield 300th organizer Paul Lindemann will also offer comments to the crowd about the history of the area and the significance of honoring the traditions of the past that were the original Nutfield settlement.
There will also be special Nutfield 300th and Friends of the Meetinghouse historical booths at Derryfest, offering information, display and souvenirs including commemorative coins representing Nutfield towns including Derry, Londonderry and Windham.
Demonstrations may also include a look at how flax was made in the past.
And the Derryfest fun and community spirit doesn’t end once the park closes up at 5 p.m. The popular “Derry After Dark” event returns to downtown Derry on Manning Street near the Municipal Center, a street beer festival that features local breweries and eateries offering their products and beers. Derry After Dark is held from 6 to 9 p.m.
Historical booths will also be set up at Derry After Dark to keep history on tap throughout the evening.
Visit Derryfest at derryfest.org or visit Derryfest on Facebook.