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First Day Franklin
Choose Franklin is the main sponsor of the annual First Day Franklin on January 1 Welcome kayakers splashing and slicing through snow and ice-filled class IV rapids. This year marked the 35th annual New Years Day run on the Winnipesaukee. It is a sight to see.
Good weather helped draw record crowds, double the number of kayakers, and downtown establishments were open for business.
The best viewing for spectators isat Trestle View Park, which is the take out for paddlers on the lower section. The park will feature a heated tent with coffee, cocoa, chili and "Hoppin' John", provided by Choose Franklin, Big Cat Coffee, the Franklin Rotary Club and Franklin Savings Bank, along with information about the wealth of activities being put on by area organizations this winter. Franklin Junior Youth Group provides activities for children. Spectators can walk, snowshoe or ski on the Winnipesaukee River Trail to watch paddlers coming down the class III and IV rapids.
Franklin for a Lifetime
Read the Concord Monitor's account of this landmark event.