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Celebrate New Durham this Saturday


Annual celebration features 1950s theme


by Joshua Spaulding
Editor - The Baysider
July 23, 2014
NEW DURHAM — Turn back the clock and head to New Durham on Saturday as Celebrate New Durham Day takes a trip back to the 1950s.

Admission is free for New Durham residents, who are asked to get a ticket from the Parks and Recreation Department prior to the event or bring an ID with them. There is a small charge for non-residents.

The day kicks off with the 5K road race, which will take to the road starting at the Farmington Fish and Game Club on Old Bay Road. Any racers bringing a non-perishable item for the food pantry will receive a discount on the race registration fee. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Kids under 12 can register for the kids' fun run by bringing a can of food for the New Durham Food Pantry.

The other morning event for the day will be at the 1772 Meetinghouse, located on Old Bay Road. There will be an open house at the historic building from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to touring the building, visitors can also hike the trails behind the building.

There will be an open house at the New Durham Fire Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a 'touch a truck' for the kids, along with coloring books and hats.

The remainder of the events will take place in the afternoon, with gates opening at the Elmer Smith Ballfields at 4 p.m.

Anyone coming to the celebration is urged to dressed in 1950s attire to be entered into a special drawing. There will also be an Elvis-look-a-like contest for those choosing to dress like the King. Additionally, starting at 5 p.m. stop by the beauty shop to make the best bee hive hairdo, with judging starting at 7 p.m.

Starting at 4 p.m., the vendor booths will be open and there will be fried dough, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs and other food and the obstacle course, the striker and mini golf will all be open.

Senior Bingo kicks off at 4:15 p.m. under the white tent. Games are just a quarter and the money collected goes to the winners.

The Traveling Barnyard petting zoo opens at 4:30 p.m. and will be open until 8:30 p.m. Also starting at 4:30 p.m. is the Box Car Drive-In movie, with free popcorn served from the car hop.

The Ultimate Frisbee tournament will take place on the Babe Ruth Field starting at 5:30 p.m. for ages 10 and up. Get a team of seven players together and enter the tournament. The winning team receives t-shirts and the team trophy.

Gazpacho will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and will rock through the night until 9:15 p.m. During the band's break, the winners of the Elvis look-a-like contest, coloring contest and 50s attire drawing will be announced. Additionally, community award winners will be announced.

Kids' relay games will kick off at 6:45 p.m. and the hula hoop contest for kids and adults, with trophies to the winners, will kick off at 7:15 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m. root beer floats will be available for a minimal fee from the soda fountain.

Following the national anthem, performed by New Durham's Kristyn Bernier at 9:15 p.m., fireworks will light up the sky to close out Celebrate New Durham Day.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or baysider@salmonpress.com

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