Waterville Valley Resort Combines Fishing, Chowder and Brews Memorial Day Weekend (258)

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer season in Waterville Valley, with the annual youth fishing derby, outdoor concert, and 24th Annual Chowderfest & Brews.
On Saturday May 25, from the 7:30 a.m. registration, with fishing starting at 8 a.m. the annual Casting for Kirby Youth Fishing Derby will have scores of kids trying to catch Corcoran Pond's legendary Kirby. Prizes will be awarded across age groups. The first 100 entrants get a t-shirt. In addition, there will be pond ecology programs, a casting contest, and other activities for kids' enjoyment. The event is sponsored by the Waterville Valley Recreation and Public Safety Departments.
For the 24th year the Town Square in Waterville Valley will host the Annual Chowderfest & Brews on Sunday, May 26 from noon to 2 p.m. Sample a variety of New England chowders from local area restaurants. With a $7.50 admission ($5 for ages 12 and under) chowder-lovers will receive sample-sized tastes of each chowder and a ballot to vote for their favorite batch. It will be a throw down Iron Chef style for the ultimate prize, the "Golden Clam" Award. Fireworks will follow.
The Lantern Restaurant will host a brew tent in the center of Town Square from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., where seasonal ales from New Hampshire's Smuttynose Brewery will be on tap.
Chowder and seasonal ale will pair well with a free concert performed in the Town Square gazebo. 'Tore Down House', with band members Mark Huzar (Guitar), John Michaud (Drums), and Dave Guilmette (Bass), is based out of Manchester. The band plays many classic rock and blues favorites.