Town rolls out 101st edition of Old Home Day Sept. 8

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PELHAM — Old Home Day, a town staple sponsored by the First Congregational Church, will celebrate its 101st anniversary on Sept. 8.

The old-fashioned New England town fair is geared towards every age group, offering various activities.

“Last year wasn’t as busy as we thought it would be,” Old Home Day co-chairman Wally Cibulski said. “There were a lot of other things going on in Londonderry, Dracut and along the coast. This year we’re hoping for a bigger crowd.”

The festivities kick off bright and early with the Old Home Day 5-kilometer race and walk at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds from the walk will benefit the Hojlo-Pace Scholarship Fund.

Cibulski said he believed at least 70 vendors would be setting up booths to showcase their products and/or talents.

The event features a doll carriage and bike parade for the youngsters and demonstrations from various groups, such as Urban Circus Entertainment, O’Halloran Irish Dancers and Family Martial Arts.

A children’s carnival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., behind the church, featuring various games that have not been finalized just yet.

Auctions, penny sales and the grand prize raffle will go on throughout the day, with the grand prize chosen at 5 p.m.

Inside the church parlor, the Pretty Pie contest will take place, with the winner announced at 4 p.m.

Before the chicken barbecue dinner, families can enjoy folk and rock music by Dave Hardwick and friends.

The tradition started in 1906 and proves to grow each year in the small New Hampshire town.

The event will be held on church grounds, with the exception of the Grand Parade, which starts at the Elementary School on Marsh Road.

Those planning to attend can park along the streets, at Town Hall and at the schools on Marsh Road.

For complete schedule of events visit www.pelhamoldhomeday.org.

— GAYLE SIMONE