VISITORS

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Hours

Our Hours are 10AM to 4PM, Rain or Shine with the Pickle Parade commencing at 10:00AM

How to find us

We are located on Main Street in Winchester NH 03470

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.7733493,-72.3836739,16.88z

Parking

Free Parking will be available at the Winchester School 85 Parker Street
A shuttle bus will be available all day. The shuttle is provided by Winchester A.C.C.E.S.S.


There will also be free parking in the fields at the E.L.M.M. Community Center 


Paid Parking will be available at the Winchester VFW on Main Street


Handicapped & VIP parking is located in the lot at Town Hall. 

Please respect the use of this lot for those who truly need it


But as always, we encourage all visitors to carpool


***** Click here for complete DIRECTIONS and PARKING Information *****

 

PLEASE NOTE: Parker Street will be CLOSED from Main Street to Union Street. 

Access to Parker Street will be off of Union Avenue

Please also note: Main Street will be CLOSED starting at 10:00AM for the Pickle Parade for the duration of the parade. A detour will be in place.

Events and Entertainment

We will be featuring Version Six Friday Night, and on Saturday Blackjack Crossing in the Gazebo, Charlie Brady on Main Street Stage by the Pickle Store! 


New for 2019 Steve Pro and the Ticket on the Main Stage, Comedy Illusionist Ben Pratt, Juggler Tony Duncan and much, much more! 


***** Click here for the day's Schedule of Events *****

Contests!

We will be having a Canning Contest.

There will be two categories:

  • Best Home Canned Pickles 
  • Best Home Canned Pickled Item 

Please find the application on the Forms and Applications page.

Rules are here.

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In addition there will be a Pickle Eating Contest. 

There are two groups;

  • 15 and under
  • 16 and older

All participants will be required to sign a Waiver. If the participant is under 18 the waiver will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. 

Pets and Animals

We all love our furry friends, but please make sure your pets are leashed or in a carrier. As always, service animals are always welcome. Due to a large number of people, we do recommend that you leave them home. But if you need to bring Fluffy or Rover please make sure you have plenty of water for them.

VENDORS

Important Information

 

The 2019 festival will be held on Saturday, September 28th from 10:00AM – 4:00PM.

Vendor set-up is between 7AM and 9AM. A volunteer will be available to show you your assigned booth space.

Last year we had approx. 3-5K people in attendance, please bring enough product to last through 4 PM.

Vendors that leave early, without vendor committee approval, will not be invited back.

We are environmentally conscious and ask that you recycle when possible and remove any trash you create.

We also ask that your booth sell a pickle-related item; the winning vendor will be chosen by the Pickle Festival judges and will have their vendor fee waived for the 2019 Winchester Pickle Festival.

Congratulations to 2018 winners Nicole Breed who sold Pickles, Salsa & More and Todd & Bonnie Wilson who sold Pickle Ornaments!!! Their fee for 2019 will be waived if their application is received by August 1, 2019

All food vendors must meet the health requirements for the State of New Hampshire. https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/fp/homestead.htm

Upon arrival you may park your vehicle along Main Street (RTE 10) for unloading purposes only. Prior to the Festival you will receive detailed parking instructions and one parking pass to a special lot for vendors. The parade starts at 10:00 AM and the area will need to be cleared and roped off well in advance of that time. 


Booth space is limited and there will be a program/event map this year. If your application is paid in full by August 1, 2019 you will be listed on our new 2019 Event Program/Map and your application fee will be at the rates listed on the application. If booth space is available, we will accept applications after August 1, 2019 with a rate increase of $25.00 per booth. All application fees are non-refundable. We cannot guarantee specific booth locations but are willing to work with returning vendors. Event will be held rain or shine. Easy-up canopies are recommended.


The Winchester Pickle Festival will also have a canning contest. There is a separate form for this which you can find on our Forms & Application page.

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PARADE PARTICIPANTS

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Our Theme

This years theme is "KEEPING IT GREEN". 

Participant Info

The Winchester Pickle Festival Parade will step off at 10 AM and will organize in Kulick’s parking lot at 9 AM.  

Line-up will be given at that time by the Parade Coordinator. 


The route of the parade will be: turn right out of Kulick’s lot onto Route 78 to the traffic lights; turn right onto Main Street to the next set of traffic lights; turn right onto Route 119 East (Richmond Street) to the second right which is Swan Street; turn left onto Parker Street and into the school parking lot which is the end of the parade.  


The Parade Coordinator has the right to allow late entries, but this is not guaranteed.  


NO political parties will be allowed to march in the parade. 


For safety reasons, please refrain from throwing any candy or other items. 

Awards

There will be trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best theme floats. A $25 cash award given for the group having the most fun. Judging will be done along the parade route.  

Application

Parade Application is due no later than September 17th.  This event will be held rain or shine.  


Please be sure to download the Parade Application on the Forms and Applications Page

LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS and ATTRACTIONS

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Stay & Shop Locally

Coming for the day? Why not make a weekend of it! There are a lot of local places to stay and things to do and see in the area. 

Inns, Air BNB's & Campgrounds

Hotels

  • Best Western Plus - Keene NH
  • Hampton Inn & Suites - Greenfield Mass
  • Latchis Hotel - Brattleboro VT
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites - Keene NH
  • Courtyard - Keene NH
  • Comfort Inn & Suites - Brattleboro VT
  • Hampton Inn - Brattleboro VT

Restaurants

  • A1 Pizza 
  • The Rustic Table
  • Win Win Chinese
  • The Arlington Inn & Tavern
  • Route 78 Grill 

Sights & Attractions

  • Pisgah State Park
  • Gardiner Mountain Hiking Trail
  • Forest Lake
  • Winchester Town Beach
  • The Ashuelot Rail Trail
  • The Ashuelot Covered Bridge
  • Coombs Covered Bridge
  • Winchester Historical Society and The Sheridan Museum
  • New England Sweetwater Farm & Distillery
  • Mondanock Speedway
  • Musterfield Park
  • Northfield Drive-In Theater
  • Winchester Farmers Market on Main
  • Conant Public Library
  • Thayer Library
  • Winchester Speedpark


Learn more about Winchester at the Town Website