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Some activities returning to Gunstock this summer

June 27, 2020
With Coronavirus numbers currently declining, Gunstock is planning a number of summer events with social distancing in mind.

Gunstock was forced to close its winter season early and forgo opening the Adventure Park this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the current trend of declining coronavirus numbers and the governor lifting the Stay at Home Order, the resort is now scheduling a number of summer events that allow for family fun while maintaining social distancing.

The campground is open for reservations and following the state and CDC's guidelines for campgrounds. Online reservations will be opening soon.

A minimum two-night reservation is required and campsites are limited to six campers. Any visitors from outside New Hampshire must show that they have completed a 14-day quarantine. Face masks are required while checking in at the camp store or going into any of the campground facilities. The playground is closed, but the pool is now open. The showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities are also open according to state guidelines. Anyone who has been ill or exposed to someone with COVID-19 are asked to stay home.

Starting July 1, Gunstock will be offering E-Bike Tours and Off-Road Segway Tours.

New this year is tours on Scott E-Bikes, bikes with a battery and pedaling assistance. Participants must have experience pedaling a bike and comfortable getting on and off one.

For the Segway tours, the resort uses all-terrain X2 Segways equipped to handle the different surfaces around the complex.

For both tours Participants must be over the age of 14 (with an accompanying adult for ages 14 and 15), weight up to 250 pounds (with a minimum of 100 pounds for the Segway tours), and wear closed toe an closed heel shoes (flat shows and sneakers are strongly recommended for the Segway tours). Helmets will be provided, though people may bring their own helmets. Both tours leave out of the camp store and require reservations.

The Fourth of July Weekend Craft Fair will go on as scheduled Saturday and Sunday July 4 and 5. Crafters of many different mediums will have their works on display during the weekend from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the annual show put on by Joyce's Craft Shows. Visitors are asked to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

The Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair is also currently scheduled Sept. 5 and 6.

Gunstock TrailFest has been rescheduled for Sept. 19 and 20. The event was originally scheduled for May 23 and 24, but was postponed because of the pandemic.

The original GiddyUp Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, was moved to Gunstock and renamed the Gunstock TrailFest, promising to be a fresh and updated version of the previous event. Competitors can take on different cross-country trails. There will be onsite camping, a barbecue, and two free beers.

A number of Gunstock events have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.

SoulFest Christian music festival has been postponed to Aug. 5-7, 2021. The Ascension Race and the Laconia Rod & Gun Fishing Derby have both been canceled for this year. The Belknap County Conservation District ribbon cutting on major projects has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

For more information on Gunstock events and reservations, visit www.gunstock.com.

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