DRACUT – The town’s largest community event is this weekend.
The 19th Annual Dracut Old Home Day is set to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Englesby Elementary School, 1580 Lakeview Ave. The event is free to the public and will feature a host of activities, vendors, and crafters.
“Old Home Day is very dependent on the weather, as far as the success for the vendors,” said Dave Paquin, event coordinator and vice chairman of the Old Home Day Committee. “I’m hoping for good weather.”
Last year’s Old Home Day was considered a success. The committee previously reported that it awarded about $12,000 to local organizations from proceeds raised during the event. Organizers also said the event had more than 200 booths and demonstrations, according to the event website.
As in past years, the upcoming Old Home Day on Sept. 7 will include a Dracut Firefighters’ Activity Day. Paquin said there will also be a skydiving team jumping out of a plane that morning and a Vermont man (a nephew of the late Harvey Gagnon) who specializes in chainsaw carving.
The annual Dracut Old Home Day 5K Run/Walk will kick off at 10 a.m. near Paddy’s Ale House, 1629 Lakeview Ave. Steve Notini, who chairs the committee behind the race/walk, expressed gratitude to the event’s sponsors and said most of the proceeds from registration this year will go to a sports boosters club.
Below are the registration costs to participate:
- $15 for participants 19 years old and younger
- $25 for participants 20-64 years old
- $15 for participants 65 years old and over
“That’s a big part, raising money and being able to help, but for me it’s all about having a fun day. Having a fun race,” Notini said. “We’ve got sky divers coming down at 9:30 a.m. (behind the Englesby Elementary School) and we’re going to have live music right after (the race).”
There will also be a race/walk bib pickup and registration from 12-8 p.m. on Friday at the newly named Harvey J. Gagnon Harmony Hall at 1660 Lakeview Ave.
There will also be a treat for train enthusiasts at Old Home Day. The Dracut Rotary Club has arranged for the New Hampshire Garden Railway Society to display its “G” scale train exhibits. Frank Antifonario, president of the rotary club, said the society will have one train exhibit at an outside canopy tent and another inside Harvey J. Gagnon Harmony Hall. Admission is free but there is a $5 suggested donation.
“It’s really for kids. Adults will love it, but kids are going to be in awe when they see this. It’s really something. It really is,” Antifonario said. “Kids have model trains that they buy and have. I had a model train set when I was a kid. I figured this would be good. It’s great for Old Home Day — a lot of people with their families.”
The event will also feature a car show and children’s rides like slides and hay rides. Entertainment will include an all-day DJ, Dracut High School band, dance demos, and Taekwondo, according to a flyer.
“I want them to have fun. I want them to enjoy themselves,” Paquin said of his hope for attendees. “I want them to meet their neighbors. That’s what Old Home Day is designed to do: to have community members get together, talk, have fun, share meals, and tell jokes.”
For more information, please visit www.dracutoldhomeday.com.