Merrimack Rocks to be held Saturday

The fourth annual Merrimack Rocks celebration is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Watson Park, 447 Daniel Webster Highway.

Merrimack Rocks is part of the annual Fall Festival. It includes an award ceremony at which a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to longtime coach Tim Goodridge and the second annual Dave Yakuboff Helping Hand Award will go to Jennifer DeFelice, Merrimack businesswoman and community volunteer.

Goodridge was selected for the 2016 Merrimack Fall Festival Coaching and Mentoring Lifetime Achievement Award for coaching, motivating and teaching young athletes in Merrimack. A former standout player on the Merrimack High School boys basketball team, Goodridge has coached the squad to several state championships over the years.

DeFelice owns Broadway Bound, a performing arts center. Event organizers selected DeFelice for the Helping Hand award for her commitment to help others, such as her work honoring fallen soldier and Merrimack native Tim Gibson and members of his battalion.

The Merrimack Fall Festival is composed of Merrimack Rocks and the Merrimack Business Expo. In 2015, the festival was split into two weekends. This year, Merrimack Rocks will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, and the Business Expo is set for Saturday, Oct. 1.

Merrimack Rocks features live music all evening, including Negative Two, onstage from 5:15-6 p.m., and the headlining group, The Miner Band. The event will include food vendors and fireworks.

The first 100 children younger than 12 to arrive at the park will receive free glow sticks, and the first 50 children younger than 12 who arrive wearing Patriot shirts will receive a Merrimack Rocks mini football.

For more information on the Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo, visit, and for more information on Merrimack Rocks, visit