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Rumney's Old Home Day promises to be "The Greatest Show on Earth"

August 01, 2019
RUMNEY – Now in its 252nd year of incorporation, the Town of Rumney invites everyone to join them on Saturday, Aug. 10, for what they proudly proclaim will be the "Greatest Show on Earth"- the theme of this year's Old Home Day celebration that will start in the morning and continue on until well after the sun sets behind nearby Stinson Mountain.

Beginning at 8 a.m., Main Street on the Common will open up with crafts, vendors, home-baked goods, demonstrations, children's activities and more. At 10 a.m., the parade will kick off, sending floats, marching groups and other creative entries through the village as a panel of judges look on to determine this year's top participants.

Throughout the day activities will continue on the common and include a Lunch Cookout, face painting for children and a visit from Reptile Encounters that will be a fun and educational time for people of all ages. Live music will also entertain the crowds as everyone shops or relaxes on the shady lawn around the bandstand.

Just across the street from the common, the Byron G. Merrill Library will be holding a book sale that day and the Rumney Historical Society's museum next door will be open for people to gather information and view numerous displays from the town's storied past. Tours will also be given at the historic Mary Baker Eddy House at 58 Stinson Lake Rd., just a two-minute drive from the village.

As if all that isn't enough to fill up a day, this year White Mountain Helicopter LLC will also be at Rumney's Old Home Day celebration, offering incredible scenic tours over the Baker River Valley and White Mountain National Forest for a nominal fee.

A ham and bean supper will take place in the evening, followed by ice cream sundaes for dessert, then it's on to an exciting fireworks display at dusk, which will cap off the busy day.

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Varney Smith
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