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Old Home Day celebration brings community back together



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Kya enjoyed many trips down the Twin Falls dual waterslide at Kelley Park in Bristol last Saturday. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
September 01, 2021
BRISTOL – Proclaiming it to be a day when "Community Comes Together," the Town of Bristol's Old Home Day celebration brought friends, families and neighbors back together for a weekend that encompassed something of interest for residents and out-of-town guests alike.

The weekend began Friday night with a traditional spaghetti dinner at the Bristol Fire Department, followed by the last of the summer's Concert in the Park series at Kelley Park with the Blacklite Band entertaining the crowd.

At 8:30 a.m. the next morning, runners lined up for a 5K race through the town while the members of Union Hall Masonic Lodge on Pleasant St. were busy cooking their own traditional pancake breakfast.

Back in Kelley Park, DJ Tim Martin got the activities rolling at 9 a.m. that morning. Throughout the day everyone enjoyed a mini-marketplace filled with local crafters, children's games, pony rides and several other fun and interesting activities. Bristol Historical Society offered books and photo displays of Bristol's past and local crime writer Sue Coletta also set up a booth where she sold and autographed her popular novels.

Also on hand were the Newfound Area Boy Scouts of Troop 59 and the Pack 59 Cub Scouts. Both provided information for those interested in joining the fun and educational opportunities scouting provides. In addition to that, they had some exciting activities for people of any age to enjoy that day. Among those were a rope bridge challenge and a Shooting Education Range, complete with bow and arrow, and BB gun targets where people could practice and learn safety measures.

"Oh Dad, you're embarrassing me," one boy joked as he watched his father on the bow and arrow range.

Another popular stop was the towering climbing wall, and once the sun warmed up the park, the giant Twin Falls dual water slide drew a lot of attention as well.

Special events throughout the day included an impressive K9 demonstration from Bristol Police Officer Nick Kelley and his partner Arro along with Franklin K9 officer Sgt. Joseph Guerriero and his pal Falco. Pony rides, a vintage and antique car show, Touch-a-Truck fun with the Bristol Fire Department and a performance from a local ukulele band rounded out the afternoon.

As preparations got underway for the annual Lobster/Chicken Dinner and the music of Solitary Man, many gathered on the baseball field to watch a Battle of the Badges softball game between Bristol's police and fire departments. After losing their inaugural game to the police in 2019, the fire department this year brought out some heavy hitters and took the win with a score of 18-11.

Events coordinator Claire Moorhead was pleased to see the crowds come back to enjoy this year's celebration and commented that, with the weather cooperating, it couldn't have been a better day in the community.

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