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Merrimack Rocks honors residents, town, in outdoor celebration Sept. 24

By TINA FORBES
Staff Writer
MERRIMACK – Featuring food, fireworks and live music, the fourth annual Merrimack Rocks celebration is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Watson Park, 447 Daniel Webster Highway.
Merrimack Rocks is part of the annual Fall Festival, and is held in honor of the town and its residents. The event includes an award ceremony with a Lifetime Achievement Award for longtime coach Tim Goodridge, and the second annual Dave Yakuboff Helping Hand Award will go to Merrimack businesswoman and community volunteer Jennifer DeFelice.
Goodridge was selected for the 2016 Merrimack Fall Festival Coaching and Mentoring Lifetime Achievement Award for coaching, motivating and teaching young athletes in Merrimack. A former standout player on the Merrimack High School boys basketball team, Goodridge has coached the squad to several state championships over the years. He is also a longtime Merrimack Youth Association coach.
DeFelice owns and operates Broadway Bound, a performing arts center in Merrimack. Event organizers selected DeFelice for the Helping Hand award for her commitment to help others, such as her work honoring fallen soldier and Merrimack native Tim Gibson and members of his battalion.
Dave McCray, chairman of the Merrimack Business Association, organizes the annual event.
“We don't charge anyone; admission is free. It all falls under the umbrella of the Merrimack Fall Festival,” McCray said, speaking before the 2015 event.
The Merrimack Fall Festival is composed of Merrimack Rocks and the Merrimack Business Expo. In 2015, the festival was split into two weekends. This year Merrimack Rocks will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, and the Merrimack Business Expo is set for Saturday, Oct. 1.

While Merrimack Rocks is a slightly newer event at 4 years old, the 10th annual Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo comprises local vendors, food, ice cream, bounce houses, free face painting, farm animals and demonstrations.
“It's so much fun, we need two weekends,” McCray said.
Merrimack Rocks features live music all evening, including Negative Two, onstage from 5:15-6 p.m., and the headlining group, The Miner Band. The event will include food vendors and one of the largest fireworks displays in New England.
Merrimack Rocks has attracted up to 4,000 visitors in the past. This year, the first 100 children younger than 12 to arrive at the park will receive free glow sticks, and the first 50 children younger than 12 who arrive wearing Patriot shirts will receive a Merrimack Rocks mini football.
For more information on the Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo, visit merrimackexpo.com, and for more information on Merrimack Rocks, visit facebook.com/MerrimackRocks.
Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402, tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_TinaF. ...

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MERRIMACK – Featuring food, fireworks and live music, the fourth annual Merrimack Rocks celebration is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Watson Park, 447 Daniel Webster Highway.
Merrimack Rocks is part of the annual Fall Festival, and is held in honor of the town and its residents. The event includes an award ceremony with a Lifetime Achievement Award for longtime coach Tim Goodridge, and the second annual Dave Yakuboff Helping Hand Award will go to Merrimack businesswoman and community volunteer Jennifer DeFelice.
Goodridge was selected for the 2016 Merrimack Fall Festival Coaching and Mentoring Lifetime Achievement Award for coaching, motivating and teaching young athletes in Merrimack. A former standout player on the Merrimack High School boys basketball team, Goodridge has coached the squad to several state championships over the years. He is also a longtime Merrimack Youth Association coach.
DeFelice owns and operates Broadway Bound, a performing arts center in Merrimack. Event organizers selected DeFelice for the Helping Hand award for her commitment to help others, such as her work honoring fallen soldier and Merrimack native Tim Gibson and members of his battalion.
Dave McCray, chairman of the Merrimack Business Association, organizes the annual event.
“We don't charge anyone; admission is free. It all falls under the umbrella of the Merrimack Fall Festival,” McCray said, speaking before the 2015 event.
The Merrimack Fall Festival is composed of Merrimack Rocks and the Merrimack Business Expo. In 2015, the festival was split into two weekends. This year Merrimack Rocks will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, and the Merrimack Business Expo is set for Saturday, Oct. 1.

While Merrimack Rocks is a slightly newer event at 4 years old, the 10th annual Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo comprises local vendors, food, ice cream, bounce houses, free face painting, farm animals and demonstrations.
“It's so much fun, we need two weekends,” McCray said.
Merrimack Rocks features live music all evening, including Negative Two, onstage from 5:15-6 p.m., and the headlining group, The Miner Band. The event will include food vendors and one of the largest fireworks displays in New England.
Merrimack Rocks has attracted up to 4,000 visitors in the past. This year, the first 100 children younger than 12 to arrive at the park will receive free glow sticks, and the first 50 children younger than 12 who arrive wearing Patriot shirts will receive a Merrimack Rocks mini football.
For more information on the Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo, visit merrimackexpo.com, and for more information on Merrimack Rocks, visit facebook.com/MerrimackRocks.
Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402, tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_TinaF.