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Fair weather and fun prevail at Rumney's Old Home Day

Eighth grade students from Russell Elementary School served up hot dogs and burgers as a fundraiser for their class trip during Rumney's Old Home Day festivities Saturday with a helping hand from class advisor Erin Druckermiller. (Photo by Leigh Sharps) (click for larger version)
August 15, 2018
RUMNEY—The rain held off to contribute to the success of Rumney's 251st Old Home Day annual event held Saturday.

First Year event Chair Roger Scroggins had hoped the rain would hold off saying prior to the parade kick-off at 10 a.m., commenting "It's overcast, but we have a good crowd, and I think the rain will hold off. I like seeing all these families here. It's fantastic. We have made it family friendly in the past and I hope this will continue long after I can't serve on the committee any longer."

There was plenty of cheering as the parade marched down the Main Street to the town Common parallel to the Rumney Baptist Church (where a free Community Barbecue was held later in the day).

Parade participants included Current County Sheriff Doug Dutile (running for re-election this Fall in the primary) leading the way, followed by Girl scout Troop 10552, the Baker Valley Band, Byron-Merrill Library representatives, Fish and Game ATV, Emilee riding her horse Ivy,,4H group, both Republican and Democratic clubs, Rumney Bible conference , several area fire trucks, including Rumney Fire Chief Dave Coursey driving the Rumney truck, and several candidates vying for offices on this Fall's primary ballot and of course the local fire and police departments, well visible during the day.

Antique vehicles included those owned by Roy Creely, Charlie Coffin, Harlan Putnam, Wayne Farnsworth, John Bagley, Bob Coursey with his '51 Farmall tractor, Scott Rowbotham, Rick Belanger, and Jim Wytrwal.

The Girl Scout Troop 10552 presented the flag-raising at the opening ceremony while sisters Gretchen and Olivia Dodge sang the National Anthem. Rev. Loring Carpenter of the Rumney Baptist Church gave the day's blessing.

The Baker Valley Band played for more than an hour on the gazebo entertaining listeners with such old songs as "Old Man River" and "Summertime."

There were many booths serving food and craft items and some with demonstrations. Sarah Silveira of Scarlet's Web Fiber Art showed her expertise on the spinning wheel making yarn.

"This is my first year here at this fair, but I assure you, it is such a beautiful, little traditional New England village, I will be back next year," she said.

Russell Elementary School eighth graders were hard at work all day manning their hot dog and hamburg booth to raise funds for their spring class trip.

"This is our first fundraiser of the year," said class adviser Erin Druckermiller. "We're hoping to go to Washington, D.C. We went a couple years ago, and the kids just had a great time and learned so much history at the same time."

Other events rounding at the day were a demonstration from Blue Wave Tao Kwon Do, field games on the Little House Inn laws, RBC praise music, open mic, Reptile Encounters NH, the free ham and bean dinner at the Baptist Church an ice cream social, a concert by Little Davey and the Rolling 88s and a family movie under the stars.

Heather Scroggins was in charge of crafters and vendors while Wendy Hills was parade organizer.

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