The 18th annual Dracut Old Home Day is less than a month away, and there’s hope that it will be another record year for the town’s largest event.
“It depends on the weather,” said Ken Cunha, chairman of the Old Home Day Committee. “The weather is the most important thing. Last year we had close to 15,000, and I’m looking forward to at least that many this year.”
The free community event that has been in the works since March will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Englesby Elementary School, 1580 Lakeview Ave.
Last year’s Old Home Day proved to be a record-breaking year in attendance and, according to Dave Paquin, vice chairman and event coordinator of the Old Home Day Committee, the group was able to give about $15,000 back to the town through monetary donations to different groups. One of last year’s beneficiaries included the Dracut Police Department which now has 10 vests and 10 ballistic helmets for its front-line cruisers, thanks to a donation of $9,330 from the Old Home Day Committee.
“I hope they have a good time,” Paquin said of those who plan on attending. “We always pride ourselves on the fact that we don’t have admission charges or parking fees.”
According to Cunha, there are only about a handful of booths left to fill from the total of 200.
The event will be held rain or shine and will again include the Dracut Firefighters’ Activity Day.
Paquin said there will be an elaborate opening ceremony that will feature the firing of muskets and a sky-diving team descending onto the Richardson Middle School field. The sky divers will then participate in the 5K walk/run road race.
For more information on how to register for the road race or to learn more details about Old Home Day, visit www.dracutoldhomeday.com.
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