Recreational Vignettes in the History of Hampton

Below are stories having to do with fun and games, recreation, festivals, beauty contests and more that have taken place over the years in Hampton.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, 2001
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, 2001

Hampton's 250th Anniversary Celebration
Read about how Hampton celebrated her anniversary in 1888.
Pleasure Spots for Summer Vacationist
A 1912 tourist brochure advertising Hampton Beach.
First Big Carnival Open At Hampton Beach
News report of the 1915 Hampton Beach Carnival
Crown King and Queen at Hampton Beach Program
Newspaper accounts of the Hampton Beach Carnival pageants of 1926
1930 Carnival Week Program
Program from the event that took place September 1-7, 1930
1938 Tercentenary (300th Anniversary) booklet
Information on the town's 300th anniversary celebrations as well as various historical articles.
Minstrel Show and Dance
Program from a minstrel show held at the Hampton Town Hall on April 29, 1938 (PDF)
The Drama of Winnacunnet (Hampton Tercentenary Pageant)
An historical play about Hampton performed for the town's 300th anniversary in 1938.
1940 Hampton Beach Winter Carnival
Program from the first annual Hampton Beach event (PDF)
1942 Victory Week and Festival of Fun
28th Annual Souvenir Program, August 31, Sept 1-7, 1942
A Brief History of the Hampton's Boy Scouts of America, Troop No. 177 and Troop No. 178
Excerpts from Hampton: A Century of Town and Beach, 1888-1988 ,
by Peter E. Randall
1946 Carnival Week Program
31st Annual Souvenir Program, Labor Day to September 8, 1946
Report Prospects Good For 1950 Beach Season
Hampton Union , June 1, 1950
The History of the Hampton Youth Association
Hampton Union , October 4, 1962
Driftway was Flying Field
Hampton's Airfield and a history of planes and flying in Hampton (1963)
1963 -- 325th Anniversary Celebration Days booklet
Information on the town's 325th anniversary celebrations as well as various historical articles.
Town Elated Over Prospect of Proposed North Beach Aquarium
Hampton Union , April 12, 1972
Photos from Hampton's Bicentennial Celebration 1976
Yes, It was a Camel Passing By
Hampton Union , July 1, 1981
Some 4th of July Stuff
Seacoast Scene , June 29, 1982
Hampton Beach & The Glorious 4th
Seacoast Scene , June 29, 1982
1988 -- 350th Anniversary booklet
Information on the town's 350th anniversary celebrations as well as various historical articles.
Hampton's 350th Anniversary Parade Program, 1988
Founder's Day Celebration, 2000
The Portsmouth Herald , October 16, 2000
Tuck Field Baseball Diamond Will be Named for Don Butler
Atlantic News , Friday, April 5, 2001
Yearlong Dream Fulfilled
Ralph Fatello's surfing odyssey. The Portsmouth Herald , July 27, 2001
Recreation Director Dyana Lassonde Keeps Her Eye On Goal Of Center
Hampton Union , October 29, 2002
Hampton and its First Church Celebrated at 365th Anniversary
Hampton Union , October 7, 2003.
Museum, Aquarium Supported
Hampton Union , August 29, 2006
Seacoast Boasts Long Aviation History
History of aviation in Hampton, from Hampton Union , January 2, 2007
Surfing at North Beach
Hampton Beach hosts the Eastern Surfing Association's Northeast Surfing Championship, from the Hampton Union , May 15, 2007
Nice Kid On The Block
Atlantic News , May 18, 2007
Baseball in Hampton - The Early Years
Hampton Union , December 11, 2007
The People Who Put on the Fireworks at the Beach
Seacoast Scene , August 12, 2009
Continentals a summertime tradition
Hampton Union . July 16, 2010
Hampton Community Center group off and running
Hampton Union , May 13, 2011
Skateboarders stoked about Hampton skateboard park upgrades
Hampton Union , September 4, 2012
Hampton's Branch Library
Seacoast Scene , September 11, 2013

Hampton Movie Theaters

Hampton Has A "New" Movie Theatre .... In 1942!;
History of the "Winter Barn Theater" in the American Legion Hall, formerly the Grange Hall.
Focus on Survival
A story on the Hampton Cinemas in 1984
Hampton Goes to the Movies
History of movie theaters in Hampton, from Hampton Union , June 26, 2007
Hampton Cinemas
Stories on the closing of the theaters in 2009
Fade to black: Local movie theaters face 'The End'
Herald Sunday , November 29, 2009
Keeping Local Theaters Alive
Hampton Union , December 4, 2009

Greater Hampton Community Band

Community Band Makes Music This Summer
Atlantic News , August 14, 2003
Students, Area Residents Band Together For Concert
Hampton Union , August 15, 2003
Music Comes to Hampton’s Gazebo
Atlantic News , August 21, 2003.
Band Bridges Gap of Generations
Hampton Union , July 17, 2007
Tuning in for Summer Concert Series
Atlantic News , July 25, 2008
Greater Hampton Community Band
9th Season Program, Summer 2011

Annual Hampton Events

Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting contests

U.S. Mint Unveils New N.H. Quarter At Festival
Hampton Union , August 18, 2000
Coins Come To The Sands at Hampton Beach
Atlantic News , August 24, 2000
Beach Is One Big Sand Box
Hampton Union , June 20, 2003
Artists Converge On Beach For Sand-art Contest
Hampton Union , June 24, 2003
Sandy Contest Takes Shape At Hampton Beach
Hampton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Union , June 26, 2003
Sandy Site Delights All
Atlantic News , June 26, 2003
Sand, Water & Sculpting
Hampton Union , June 15, 2004
Canadian Woman Wins Sand Sculpting
Hampton Union , June 28, 2005
Hampton Beach Arti-sands Amaze Beach-goers
Beach News , June 29, 2006
Transforming Sand Into Art
Atlantic News , June 15, 2007
Sandsculpting Competition Underway
Hampton Union , June 22, 2007
Sand Sculpting Competition Celebrates Beach Centennial
Beach News , June 28, 2007
The Sand People are Coming
Hampton Union , June 18, 2010
Sand Event has Big Impact at Beach
Hampton Union , June 29, 2010
Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Winners Announced
Hampton Union , June 29, 2010
Shifting Sand
Hampton Union , June 28, 2011

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

2004 Hampton Beach Seafood Festival
Hampton Union , September 14, 2004
Estimated 120,000 People Attend Seafood Festival
Hampton Union , September 13, 2005
Perfect Weather Sets Scene For Festival
Hampton Union , September 12, 2006
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival: History & Mission
"One of the Top 100 Events in North America", 1988-2007
19th Annual Seafood Festival
Hampton Union , September 9, 2008
The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival... And The Legend Lives On!
Seacoast Scene , September 9, 2009. Includes a good historical review of how it all got started.
Hampton Seafood Festival Draws Crowds
Hampton Union , September 15, 2009
Festival Funds Need Review
Hampton Union , July 29, 2011
Seafood Festival Awash in Cash
Hampton Union , July 29, 2011
'Gentleman Joe' wins lobster-roll eating contest
Hampton Union , September 13, 2011
Seafood Frenzy: 150,000 Attend Three-day Festival
Hampton Union , September 11, 2012

Hampton Christmas Parades

Christmas Parade, 1999
Atlantic News , December 9, 1999
Christmas Parade, 2007
Canceled in Hampton due to new NH law, from Hampton Union , August 24, 2007
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
"Hampton Holds First Christmas Carnival" instead of annual Parade.
Hampton Union , December 4, 2007
Christmas Parade Revival Praised
Hampton Union , October 15, 2010
Parade Return Given the Green (and Red) light
Hampton Union , October 22, 2010
Experience Hampton Builds a Holiday Tradition
Hampton Union , November 30, 2010
Hampton Christmas Parade Returns
Hampton Union , December 7, 2010
School Sports Champs March in Hampton Parade
Hampton Union , December 4, 2012

The Penguin Plunge

Penguin Plunge is a splash for Special Olympics
Atlantic News , February 17, 2000
Freezin' for a Reason
Atlantic News , February 7, 2002
Penguin Plunge Packs The Beach
Atlantic News , February 13, 2003
Officers Not Getting Tangled Up In Blue
Hampton Union , January 28, 2003
A Special Arctic Blast
Hampton Union , February 11, 2003
Penguin Plunge Packs The Beach
Atlantic News , February 13, 2003
Plunge Of the Penguins
Hampton Union , February 7, 2006
Chilled To Perfection
Hampton Union , February 6, 2007
More than 800 brave Atlantic Ocean
Hampton Union , February 5, 2008
Penguin Bash to Kick-off SONH Penguin Plunge
Atlantic News , January 23, 2009
Penguin Plunge Raises $528,000 in 2009
Hampton Union , February 3, 2009
Penguin Plunge on February 5, 2010
Hampton Union , February 2, 2010
Penguin Plunge Raises $537,000 in 2011
Hampton Union , February 8, 2011

Miss Hampton Beach Pageant

History of the Miss Hampton Beach Pageant
A 50th Anniversary booklet published in 1995
"Miss Hampton Beach" Pageant Winners
1946-2008
Tales From A Pathway To Stardom
Hampton Union , July 29, 2005
Hampton Teen Takes Beach Pageant as 'Girl Next Door'
Hampton Union , July 31, 2007
Hometown Girl Takes The Crown
Atlantic News , August 3, 2007
Preparing for Miss Teen New Hampshire
Hampton Union , September 25, 2007
Pageant has Launched More than just a Pretty Face
Hampton Union , July 27, 2008
Miss Hampton Beach Pageant, 2008
Hampton Union , July 29, 2008
Miss Hampton Beach Pageant, 2009
Hampton Union , July 28, 2009
Miss Hampton Beach Pageant, 2010
Hampton Union , July 31, 2011
Miss Hampton Beach Pageant, 2011
Hampton Union , July 31, 2011
Miss Hampton Beach Pageant, 2012
Hampton Union , July 31, 2012

Hampton Beach Tow Truck Parade

Trucks Tow Away a World Record?
Hampton Union , May 20, 2008
Tow Operators Keep on Truckin'. ,
Hampton Union , May 22, 2009
38th Annual Tow Truck Parade Rolls onto Hampton Beach
Hampton Union , May 16, 2010
Tow Truck Show Rolls Through Hampton Beach
Hampton Union , May 17, 2011

Hampton Beach Talent Competitions

Exeter Teen Will Compete At Hampton Beach Talent Show
Hampton Union , August 25, 2006
Hampton's Idol -- Contest Draws 500
Hampton Union , August 29, 2006
'American Idol' Puts Ki-bosh on Beach Idol Name
Hampton Union , June 18, 2010

Harvest Moon Fall Festival

Harvest Moon Fall Festival at Beach
Hampton Union , October 6, 2009
Harvest Moon Festival Shines Brightly
Hampton Union , October 12, 2010
Future of Harvest Fest in Jeopardy: Precinct Searching for new Venue or Alternatives
Hampton Union , July 26, 2011

Road Races in Hampton

Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon & Half marathon, 2012
Half at the Hamptons, 2011
Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon & Half marathon, 2013
Half at the Hamptons, 2014
Traffic concerns could bring changes to road races The Hampton Union, March 7, 2014

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