We were delighted to welcome everyone back to the 2022 Festival of the Hills after a two-year break!

Sunday’s main events included contests of strength and skill in log-splitting and skillet-toss, a 10 kilometer/ 6.2 mile road race through Conway’s hills and hollows, and a classic New England fall parade down Main Street. Arts and crafts exhibits, exciting local musicians, mouth-watering food such as fried dough offered by local vendors, an art show featuring expert local artists, fun activities for kids and the young-at-heart, a raffle for chances at prizes. Merchandise and candy tables rounded out the attractions.. 

Holding the festival requires at least 120 volunteers to run effectively. We hope that you will consider donating your time to the next Festival, which has generated over $155,000 in scholarship aid given to over 200 Conway high school seniors since 2000. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization since 2019, the Festival of the Hills exists only through volunteer support. This status allows us to provide scholarships to support graduating seniors in whatever endeavors they undertake, whether it be college, training for a trade, or entering the job market.

Starting in 1962, Conway has annually welcomed visitors to experience our warmth and ‘joie de vivre’ over the weekend before Columbus Day. Although 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of our inaugural event, this will technically be our 58th year, as 2017 was dedicated to Conway’s 250th anniversary and the 2020 and 2021 editions were cancelled due to the pandemic. Modeled after the 1915 celebration of 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain, the first Festival included dinners, round and square dancing, and displays by local artists, expanding over the next two years to highlight the varied artistic talent Conway hosts with the addition of the Hill Towns Talent Show. The ensuing years of growth cemented the Festival of the Hills as an enduring occasion that we look forward to continuing.

The festival committee will announce Festival fundraising events events and volunteer opportunities over the coming months in the ‘Conway Currents,’ as well as on our website and social media pages. We hope that you will enjoy these stories and highlights and that they will give you a better sense of what the possibilities are for volunteering. And, if you just can’t wait to join in, come to a planning meeting! Meetings are held monthly on Zoom. Write to festivalofthehills@yahoo.com for the next meeting’s date and time.