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Monday, October 17, 2016

Riverfire

My lovely wife and I had the pleasure of going to the Riverfire Festival in Berlin, NH this year.

There's a lot of activities for the kids, a costume parade, food vendors, music -and the river is set on fire.

Years ago the river was divided in half between two different paper companies. Their boomdocks remain. Pallets are stacked on them.




. and they are set on fire.





It's something to see. We met up with family and met friends there so it was a pretty good time.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. No music accompanied the fire? Ya'll seem like hillbillies in your choice of entertainment. Sure wish we could have joined you. There's nothing better than retired fire department personnel watching a fire they don't have to put out.

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    1. A local band played 70 and 80s music. The FD had a rescue boat standing by. It's pretty dangerous to light the fires in the dark. They had a pontoon and a John boat with big propane torches.

      It is nice to watch blazing fires that aren't going anywhere. I drive my spouse nuts as it's rare that I'll allow candles to be used. Went to too many house fires started by them.

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  2. I would think that those objects should be lighted (not with fire, though) to keep power boats from smashing into them.

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    1. No lights on them. About the only time there's boat traffic there after dark is when the boats are lighting the fires. It's a tricky area and just above a dam too. I've paddled it in a canoe and would not like to do it after dark.

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  3. What a neat bit of history and fun fire burnin' to go with it. I've never heard of such a thing.

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    1. Thanks! It's one of those unusual things that makes this area special.

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