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Wakefield Pride Day is this Saturday


by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

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A Wakefield Pride Day highlight every year is the shaving of the Bearded Wonders, Wakefield men who grew beards over the winter. The shaves benefit Central NH VNA & Hospice. Here Ed Morrison hosts the shave in front of Lino's Restaurant in 2012. (Thomas Beeler — File Photo) (click for larger version)
May 16, 2018
WAKEFIELD — The 31st Annual Wakefield Pride Day will be held this Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. in Sanbornville with a pancake breakfast at the Wakefield Public Safety Building, sponsored by the Poor People's Pub.

The breakfast, which will be served until 9 a.m., will open a day full of events and activities for people of all ages, including games, a penny sale, booths featuring a variety of products and foods, DJ Music and even a parade.

Pride Day is organized by the Greater Wakefield Chamber of Commerce. The opening ceremony presented by the VFW and Boy Scout Troop 198 will be held at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial behind Town Hall. At Turntable Park childrens games with a Dunking Booth will be held and a Bouncy House (sponsored by the Greater Wakefield Resource Center) will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 10 a.m., there will be a Cake Walk at the Park and at 10:30 a.m. the annual Shearing of the Bearded Wonders to benefit Central NH VNA & Hospice will be held at Town Hall. The Lion's Club will hold its annual Penny Sale in the Town Hall conference room from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a drawing held at 1 p.m.

Promptly at noon the annual parade will begin at Paul School, winding its way down Meadow Street to the Public Safety Building. The theme this year is "Superheroes: Who Is Your Hero?" Watch out for imaginative floats and enjoy the lighthearted spirit of the parade.

The parade will also honor Citizen of the Year Carol Lundgren, who just retired from serving as secretary of the Wakefield Food Pantry and is a volunteer at Mountain View Community home in Ossipee and for Central NH VNA & Hospice.

Business of the Year is Cindy's Place in East Wakefield, which is not only a great place to eat but gives back to the community every year with fundraising dinners for nonprofit agencies.

At 1 p.m., there will be a Kung Fun show performed by Twin Dragons Kung Fu at Turntable Park, followed by a pig scramble and goat petting.

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