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Manchester is located in Hillsborough County, 10 miles north of Nashua between Concord and the Massachusetts state line. Situated on both banks of the Merrimack River, Manchester is accessible by interstate highways 93 and 293. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 102,524, an increase of 3,192 since 1990.

Manchester is the largest city and a chief manufacturing center of New Hampshire. The first white settlement was in 1722. The community was first known as Harrytown, then Derryfield, before assuming its present name in 1810. There is a large population of descendants of French Canadian immigrants. At one time, Manchester was known as the home of the largest cotton mills in the world, but the mills failed during the Great Depression. Today, the industrial base is more varied.

Manchester is part of the Manchester, New Hampshire metro area.

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Hebron Maple Festival Hebron CT March16-17 Each year thousands of people come from miles around to enjoy and experience the weekend of maple related events.
Taste of the Valley Plymouth NH March21 Experience all of your favorite local flavors. Several restaurants from the region will be there hoping to win your vote in the "Best in Show" competition.
Seacoast Home and Garden Show Durham NH March23-24 The 19th annual show features more than 225 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home.
Green Mountain Film Festival Montpelier VT March22-31 Culture reigns at the Green Mountain Film Festival, featuring powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere.
7th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival Providence RI April20 Your Beer Festival Admission Ticket will allow you UNLIMITED SAMPLING of more than 250 brewers, live music, food and MUCH MORE at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
New England Folk Festival Mansfield MA April19-21 A fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands.