PELHAM — The sun was shining through clear-blue skies, which seems to be as much of a tradition as Old Home Day itself. Only one time in the 100-year history of the annual celebration has rain put a damper on the festivities.
“You can tell it’s a church-sponsored event because we always get great weather,” joked Doug Hjorth, commentator of the event for the past 10 years.
Old Home Day, sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Christ, takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day.
This year, hundreds of people came out on Sept. 9 to enjoy the weather, say hello to old friends and browse the many booths that lined the streets. Live entertainment — including the traditional doll carriage and bike parade plus doggy fashion show — held center stage.
For Kim Catizone, the festival is a way to show off her dogs and get some exposure for her doggy fashion business, Raggmopps.
“I did this last year, too. I get a lot of calls this way; just did a bridesmaid dress for someone that I met here last year,” said Catizone as she strapped an outfit on her 10-year-old maltese, Andy, for the next catwalk.
Sporting a Red Sox jersey, Andy calmly walked across the stage. The dogs are experienced and very well behaved after years of participating in dog shows. Catizone said she takes her eight dogs to fashion and craft shows all over New England.
Besides the entertainment of the stage shows, festivalgoers hunted for treasures at the rummage sale of books and other miscellaneous items, or tried their luck at the penny-sale table.
The grand parade served as the festive finale for the fun-filled event. Floats, bands, clowns and classic cars rolled through the streets in a thunder of bagpipes, engines and cheering crowds, ending the day with a bang.
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