July 15, 2014ALTON — The Old Home Weekend Committee has been working hard in the last couple of months to expand the schedule of events from just one day to an entire weekend of events and the committee just recently approved a final schedule for the festivities.
Old Home Weekend will begin on Friday, Aug. 8, and run through until Sunday, Aug. 10.
The weekend will kick off with a penny sale hosted by the Alton Rotary Club from 12 until 8 p.m. at the Alton Central School and a block party hosted by the Alton Business Association will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Alton Central School. Additionally, s'mores and a campfire will be going on at the River Run Deli from 5 to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the day starts with the 5k road race sponsored by the Alton Parks and Recreation Department and Meredith Village Savings Bank. The race begins at 9 a.m. and race day registration is available.
The craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, and an antique boat show will take place at the Alton Bay boat docks from 9 a.m. until noon.
The Alton Historical Society will hold an open house at the J. Jones Fright Building from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and barbershoppers will be making an appearance in the afternoon.
The parade through town will start at 2 p.m. on School Street and finish in Alton Bay. The event is sponsored by the Alton Business Association.
River Run Deli will be holding a scavenger hunt throughout the day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The chicken barbecue will be held at the Alton Fire Station from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The Prospect Mountaineers will be performing at the Alton Bay Bandstand from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Alton Police Department will host a K-9 demonstration at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Annie and the Orphans will be performing at the Alton Bay Bandstand from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday night, and then shortly after fireworks will be going off to end the day.
On Sunday, the craft fair will continue in Alton Bay from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Also on Sunday, a mini-golf tournament sponsored by the Alton Rotary Club will be held throughout the day at Jay's Bayside Ice Cream and Mini-Golf.
The Alton Historical Society will once again be holding an open house on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. with free hot dogs and burgers at the J. Jones Freight Building from noon until 3 p.m.
The Alton Business Association will be hosting a car show from noon to 3 p.m. in and around Monument Square on Sunday.
River Run Deli is holding a fairy and princess picnic on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Alton Police Department will be doing a police motorcycle demonstration at 1 p.m. in front of the Town Hall.
A cribbage tournament will be going on at the Alton Bay Bandstand from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The Old Home Weekend Committee has worked hard on organizing for the events for this year's weekend, and is hopeful the event will continue to grow each year.
Tim Croes can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126