Durham celebrates longstanding tradition at Wagon Hill Farm
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 01:09
Who knows how long the Durham, N.H., community has been putting on its increasingly popular “Durham Day,” celebration? It’s been a long time.
So long in fact, the answer even eluded the festival coordinator and Parks and Recreation Director, Stephanie Frazee.
“This has been going on now for many, many years. Long before my time, so long that I can’t be sure when it started here in the community,” Frazee said. “It seems to draw larger and larger crowds every year.”
This year, Durham Day took place on Sept. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Held each year at Wagon Hill Farm just off Route 4, the town of Durham and its surrounding community brave the half-mile walk from the parking lot to the fair grounds to enjoy kayak and boat tours on Great Bay, storytelling, live music by local band Bliss and, of course, a great cheeseburger.
According to Frazee, much of the day’s success is due to the beauty of Wagon Hill Farm and because of its perfect location.
UNH class of 1958 graduate and life-long Durham resident Steve Roberts has been present at the Durham Day festivities every year since his graduation.
These days, he takes more of a spectator role, but there is something for everyone at Wagon Hill, from the young and adventurous to the older and less daring.
With its relatively far distance from the roadside, Roberts called Durham Day “a true hidden gem.”
“For the longest time, few people knew exactly what was offered here, and once they took the time to walk back, they couldn’t believe it,” Roberts said.
Roberts then pointed out the best burger in Durham, made during Durham Day’s marathon barbeque, which was equipped with four compost stations labeled from forks to napkins.
Informational booths, from the Durham Parks and Recreation Department to the Agricultural Commission, lined the festival grounds.
Event-goers could learn, share and even get involved, all on-site. There was also a kid’s section with games, activities and crafts available for younger attendees.
As Frazee had expected, 2013’s edition of Durham Day, now more than ever, was truly “a celebration of the community and its significant contributions to the region.”