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Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce presents "VolcanoFest"

September 16, 2010
OSSIPEE — Celebrate the region's unique geographic origins and all that local businesses have to offer the weekend of Sept. 25th when the Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce and its participating members host the first-ever VolcanoFest.

The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26th, at various chamber member locations in greater Ossipee and Tamworth. Highlights include helicopter rides over the Great Ossipee Ring Dike – a geologically unique feature created by ancient volcano — a "Volcano Idol" singing contest, the "Volcano Dinner" at the Daley Café, a Pitch Pine Triathlon, a treasure hunt, and fireworks at dusk.

Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce President Jameson "Jamie" Killeen said that the festival was borne out of a series of chamber-member workshops, called "What's in it for me?" forums.

"My primary question was, 'what can we do better as a chamber of commerce to help our business?' The VolcanoFest was the major suggestion borne out of these forums, with a revitalized interest – and a 38 percent growth – in the chamber that is now including its members in the decision making process," said Killeen.

The region's geographically unique feature of the volcanic ring dike in the Ossipee Mountains inspired the theme of this festival that seeks to celebrate both the region's natural beauty and all the attractions, business and fun the chamber membership has to offer.

"The ring dike is a unique feature to the area, New Hampshire and the world," said Killeen, "So based on that, we went to work and approached business owners to participate."

Volcano Idol

Volcano Idol is a singing contest by local chamber member and karaoke master Bill Grover.

"We have a lot of talent in this community," said Grover, who has won awards in singing contests with a female partner in Tennessee, where they earned second place for the duet category.

The contest offers a $500 cash prize for first place. It will be held on Saturday with auditions from 1 to 5 p.m. Six semifinalists will perform from 5 to 6 p.m., and the judging will take place right after. This event will be held under the tent at the Indian Mound Golf Course.

"The talent is out there," said Grover. "We'd like to get a lot more people signed up."

The entry fee after Sept. 17 is $20, so today is your last day to sign up for a $15 fee. More information is available on the link, volcanoidol.com, or by calling Bill at 520-1613. This contest is open to all ages and music styles.

Something for everyone

VolcanoFest is disbursed across a wide geographic area and involves businesses from the Ossipees and Tamworth. For the latest list of participants and events, check out volcanofest.com.

If you're up for a calorie-burn, recreational businesses such as Tri-Trek and Monkey Trunks offer events to get your heart rates up.

Tri Tek Events offers the first triathlon and duathlon held at White Lake State Park on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Featured events include a sprint distance triathlon consisting of a one-third mile swim, 13.7-mile bike, and a 3.1-mile run. Open to all ages 14 and up, and can be completed as an individual or two to three person relay team. The duathlon consists of a two-mile run, 13.7-mile bike, and a 3.1-mile run. Open to ages 14 and up, and can be completed as an individual or 2 person relay team. The Youth Duathlon consists of a .75-mile run, one-mile bike, and a .35-mile run. Open to ages 6-15, and can be completed as an individual or two-person relay team.

The Family Duathlon relay consists of a .75-mile run, one-mile bike, and a .35-mile run.

All competing athletes will receive a commemorative t-shirt, custom awards, fruit and beverages post race, and free admission to the state park.

Monkey Trunks, the zip-line attraction in Tamworth is hosting a "Crater Drop" on Saturday. Check out the Web site for a promised discount coupon.

Members of the Tamworth Historical Society will present Educational Forums at Samantha's Inn in Tamworth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with ongoing videos and lectures featuring the Ossipee Mountains; history, geology, geography, and wildlife. A car show hosted by Yankee Smokehouse restaurant will take place at the Tramway Marketplace in West Ossipee.

For the kids, there will be a children's pool party at Samantha's Inn sponsored by Sammy's Paw Print.

The Daley Café at the Other Store will host the Volcano Dinner with a menu of locally grown food from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

As many foods as possible will be sourced from farms, orchards and sugarhouses in the Ossipee Mountains – hopefully from all five towns, Ossipee, Tamworth, Sandwich, Moultonborough and Tuftonboro. The cost is $20 or under for all three courses, appetizer, entree and dessert. Seating limit is 30 on the deck if its warm enough weather, or 20 in the cafe if cool or rainy.

The cafe received Yankee Magazine's 2010 Best of New England award for the best hardware store dinner. Reservations will be required: 603-323-8872.

Up, up and away

C-R Helicopters is offering helicopter rides for $25 over the Ossipee Mountain Ring Dike. The rides are short, but will be offered both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A bonfire and fireworks at dusk is hosted by North Country Fireworks.

No matter what the offering, Killeen urges businesses to participate. Businesses need to stick together during uncertain economic times. "It's like we're a team," said Killeen. "Independence is great as a business owner but we also need camaraderie, to join forces," said Killeen of the joint effort.

Martin Lord & Osman
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