The McPhee Family of Epping, NH presents HIGHNOTE – the 19th Annual Balloon, Music and Fireworks Festival to benefit the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation. With eighteen years in the running, the festival has attracted an average of 500 guests each year and has raised about $110,000 in donations to benefit the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation.

On Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 2:00pm to dark (rain or shine) at the grounds of the Governor Prescott House on the McPhee family farm, friends, family and festivalgoers will continue the tradition of the all day celebration.
Epping Police and Fire Department will be present. The grounds are handicap accessible.

* Due to insurance reasons we ask that you leave your pets at home.

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Jack Sharkey 5k

Come join us for the official Highnote Jack Sharkey 5k! The course is an official USTAF certified course, starting at the Governor Prescott House and winding through some of Epping's hilly neighborhoods.

Jack Sharkey was a heavyweight boxing champion in 1932, and retired in Epping, NH in 1950. He passed away in 1994.

$20 registration online, $25 registration at the event. First 50 to register get a tshirt.

Race starts at 10am, registration opens at 9am.


Music and Activities


Food provided by:

Activities & Exhibits for Children and Adults

  • Northstar Fireworks1
  • Helicopter rides by Seacoast Helicopters1, 2 ($25/person for a 10 min ride)
  • Hay Rides
  • Arts and crafts for kids of all ages
  • Local artisan exhibit booths
  • Horseshoe Pitching Tournament
  • Bungee jump
  • Live singers - Having a blast with Karaoke!

2 All flights are subject to weight restrictions. Total weight in aircraft can not exceed 700lbs.

Tickets and Directions


Tickets are available at the gate. Music and events will be rain or shine. Fireworks are weather permitting.

$15 for adults. Kids & high school students are free.

Additional donations can be made to:
The Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation
174 Prescott Road
Epping, NH 03042


Take Route 101 to Exit 7 to 125N to 27W Main Street to 173 Prescott Rd. (NOTE: Academy St. turns into Prescott Rd)

Look for the yellow and black Highnote flags to guide you to the festival grounds.

The festival grounds are handicap accessible.

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The Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation

Proceeds from HIGHNOTE will benefit the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation.

Adam was born with disabilities, but that did not stop him from making his mark. He was the first student to enter Epping High School with a special inclusion program. Adam completed his years at Epping High School and participated in graduation in 1999.

Adam touched many lives, raising empathy and awareness of the contributions people with disabilities can make to the world around us.

Adam died in the fall of 1999 at the age of 21. To honor Adam the McPhee family started a fund to give a scholarship, each year, to a graduating senior from Epping High School. A permanent foundation was also created, which provides grants for programs and organizations that promote inclusion. Since its inception in 2000, the Adam McPhee Memorial Foundation has raised $110,000 and has given numerous grants to local organizations.

The Annual Highnote Festival (est.2001) is a fund raiser, a way for the McPhee family to remember Adam with laughter and fun on the farm. Please join us!

Benefit Proceeds

  • Epping High School Graduating Seniors – 19 students
  • Richie McFarland Children’s Center
  • UNH Therapeutic Riding, Field of Dreams and Wendall’s Wish therapeutic riding programs
  • Farmsteads of New England (adult disabilities program in Epping)
  • Epping Teacher’s continuing education
  • Epping Elementary communication device for students with autism
  • Disability Ski Program
  • Epping Recreation department for wheelchair assess van and tuition assistance
  • Epping Food Bank
  • Epping Library – teen room
  • Epping Historical Society and Garden Club
  • Epping Lions Club
  • Automated External Defibrillator for adult day program building
  • Epping Elementary School 1st day program
  • Accessible walkway and sport wheelchair – Oyster River High School
  • ADAM's Tree House - YMCA Camp Lincoln