TAMWORTH – This year's annual street fair will include performances by yo-yo masters and a new childrens area. The fair will also have many vendors where people can get crafts and something to eat.
The Tamworth Economic Development Commission is hosting the second annual Tamworth Street Fair on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to -1 p.m. Red balloons, blown up by local boy scouts, will highlight the booths lining Main Street, beginning at the Farmers Market and continuing all the way to Remick Museum & Farm. Main Street will be closed during the fair but parking will be available in a designated locations nearby.
Last year's fair, held during Tamworth's 250 year anniversary celebration, had numerous business participants and thousands of visitors. Goal of the fair is to promote local businesses.
This year's fair will include a performances and a forum hosted by John Higby of the Yo-Yo People starting at 11 a.m. in front Cook Memorial Library with an instructional forum to follow. The John and his wife Rebecca Higby are collectively known as the Yo-Yo People. Only John Higby will be performing in Tamworth.
"It's going to be exciting," said Pat Farley of the economic commission. "It's going to be great."
John Higby, 42, reached by email said, he will be performing at the fair. He has been doing yo-yo tricks since 1984.
"I do over 150 different tricks in the show and no special yo-yos, but I do have some weird ones collected all over the world," said John Higby adding he has performed in 26 countries around the world.
He earned Guinness Book of World Records recognition in 2013 and 2015. One record was for most matches lit with a yo-yo in a minute: 18 in Beijing, China. The other another record for most coins knocked off of participants' ears in a minute: 14 in Shanghai, China.
The schools in Tamworth will be putting on games for children at the park near the Tamworth Congregational Church.
Farley hopes that a wood fired pizza wagon will be available for the fair but whether or not the wagon would be available for the fair wasn't clear at press time.
Booths will be a mix of Tamworth businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit groups and service based organizations. Key areas throughout the village will feature children's games, food vendors, a fire truck, music at the Tamworth Lyceum and The Tamworth Village Hand Crafters (at the Town House).
Sponsors the fair are The Barnstormers Theatre, The Remick Country Doctor Museum, Chocorua Lake Conservancy and The Preserve at Chocorua. WMWV Radio Station will be broadcasting live from the event.
Space is available on a first come-first serve basis.