Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Barnstable County Fair July 18 Thru 26, The Village People

Located at Barnstable County Fairgrounds RT 151 East Falmouth Massachusetts. The Barnstable County Fair is one of the oldest County Fairs in the USA. The Barnstable County Agricultural Society held its first fair, consisting primarily of livestock and handicraft exhibits, in October of 1844 at the County Court House in Barnstable Village.
Today The Barnstable County Fair has been an annual summer tradition on Cape Cod for 164 years. The Fair is a place where families can spend the day together and share experiences they can only experience at the Barnstable County Fair. There are animal shows, 4-H demonstrations, petting zoos, horticulture displays, rides, games, live music, arts & crafts, food and commercial vendors with various arts and crafts for sale. The Fair also has a huge Midway from Rockwell Amusements.
Click Entertainment For Schedule. Demolishion Derby is July 23rd, thats my favorite, and The Village People are performing July 25Th. Remember them.
A locals way of getting around Cape Cod. Cape Cod and Barnstable County has some of the worst traffic of any tourist destination you will find. People have been known to sit in traffic for hours to go just a few miles. Locals hardly ever sit in traffic. Why ? The back roads of Cape Cod. Before coming to Cape Cod Buy a good map or get to know your 3G Smartphone , iPhone or GPS Map System. There are roads all around the Barnstable County Fair Grounds that you can use. If you are coming from Hyannis towards mashpee/ East Falmouth look for Barnstable Road. Barnstable road forks off to the right just before the Mashpee rotary and go's around the rotary. Follow it to the 1st stop sign and go strait through and follow it to Rt 151 and turn right. Once you turn right onto 151 you may come to a dead stop. look on your map for Johns Pond and the roads around it (Right Side Of 151). These roads are extensive so don't get lost, but some of the come out behind the Fair Grounds. You can duck out of traffic instead of sitting in your car wasting gas.
If you are coming from the Falmouth, Bourne area look for Sandwich Rd. If you take a good look at a good map you will find roads coming in from every direction. Basiclly you want to avoid Rt 28 and rt 151 as much as possible till the last minute. Click Directions To Barnstable County Fair for Google Mapping to the Barnstable County Fair.

Monday, July 21, 2008

New England Ski Museum Franconia Notch State Park

Need a idea for mini vacation or what is becoming known as "Staycation". How about The New England Ski Museum.


The museum is located at the base area of the Cannon Mountain Ariel Tramway in Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH . Visitors can make a day of it by taking in the summer views of Franconia Notch by taking a ride on the Tram to the top of Cannon Mountain and maybe have a picnic 4,186' above sea level.

View From Peabody Base Lodge
After lunch visit The New England Ski Museum and learn about the the history of skiing. The museum was founded in 1977; and opened in 1982 and is non profit. The New England Ski Museum is one of only four ski museums recognized by the USSA. Admission is free.
At the museum you will find a collection of antique wooden ski's, original film footage, news paper articles scrapbooks and much more. As you approach the museum the first thing you see is the original Tram Car and one of the last Mt. Cranmoore Skimobile Sleds.


The Mount Cranmore Skimobile 1938 to 1989

Cannon Mountain Ariel Tramway Wheel House
Tram Cars Meet Half Way
Getting to this region of New Hampshire is easy. Access directly from I-93!
Take I-93 north, or south, depending on your starting point. Once you have reached Franconia Notch State Park, I-93:
Exit 34A - Flume Gorge & Gilman Visitor's Center (closed in winter months)
Exit 34B - Cannon Mountain Tramway (advanced skiers/snowboarders), New England Ski Museum
Exit 34C - Peabody Base Lodge with Snowsports School, Rental Shop, Retail Shop, Childcare and access to all terrain.
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