Merrimack Fall Festival celebrates the town and its residents

MERRIMACK – The goal of the Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo is to celebrate the town and honor several residents for their public service.

The festival, to be held at Merrimack High School from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, is free, aside from food, and is supported by local businesses and individual donations.

The expo has more than 100 local businesses, artists, craftsmen and town organizations.

It includes food vendors, live music featuring The Curly Jones Band, and demonstrations such as karate, K-9 and the Fire Department.

Last year, the event featured one of the largest fireworks shows in the state, with more than 3,500 people attending.

Another part of the festival is Merrimack Rocks, which will take place around the corner from the school at Watson Park.

Festivities will be from 4-8 p.m., and will include Police and Fire Department exhibits, Wally the Green Monster, live music, fireworks, a bungee jumping trampoline, climbing wall and animals from McDonny’s Petting Farm.

Merrimack Rocks will present awards to three community figures.

Public Safety Lifetime Achievement awards will go to former Merrimack Police Chief William Mulligan and former Fire Chief Charles Hall.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be given to former Planning Board Chairman Nelson Disco.

The festival is executed by volunteers from the Merrimack Business Association.

The cost of throwing the event is about $18,000, and organizers are still seeking to fund the last $3,500. Interested donors can contact Dave McCray of the Merrimack Business Association at 913-5558 or

The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 5.

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