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Rumney celebrates community camaraderie at Old Home Day

Members of the Rumney Baptist Church Lawn Chair Brigade entertained crowds along the parade route during last Saturday's Old Home Day celebration. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
August 14, 2019
RUMNEY – From the early morning breakfast gatherings until the evening's fireworks display, residents past and present, along with some welcomed visitors, enjoyed a day of community camaraderie at the Rumney Old Home Day celebration last Saturday.

The common held all sorts of booths filled with beautiful art work and craft items from local vendors along with baked goods and other treats. Among those was a quaint lemonade stand run by children from the West Rumney Community Church. There were games and crafts for children as well and the eighth grade class from Rumney Elementary School were busy running their annual fundraising barbecue.

At 10 a.m., all eyes turned toward Main Street when emcee Roger Scroggins announced the start of the Old Home Day parade.

Baker River Band led the procession this year followed closely by the Rumney Baptist Church Lawn Chair Brigade. When they reached the common, the marching halted as the group performed an entertaining routine to a patriotic melody from the band.

Two lovely ladies in fashions from 1860 and 1870 strolled the route waving to the crowds and a family from the Stinson Lake Association joined in the fun wearing water sports gear and paddling a cardboard boat along the street.

Antique cars, tractors and representatives of the fire department rounded out the event and the official opening ceremonies for Old Home Day were held at the conclusion of the parade.

Throughout the day, White Mountain Helicopter took off from a nearby field to give people an aerial tour of the town. There was an exciting visit from Reptile Encounters, music by Cable Guys at the bandstand, RBC Teens Music and Open Mike where everyone had an opportunity to belt out their favorite tune. Raffles for great prizes, a book sale at Byron G. Merrill Library and displays at Rumney Historical Society also filled up the afternoon hours.

Rumney Baptist Church hosted their annual free ham and bean dinner from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. then the festivities moved to Russell Elementary School for an ice cream social and the traditional Fry Pan Toss competition. Mary Robertson and Billy Moses entertained the crowd with their music, which led up to the fireworks display at dusk.

On Sunday morning people gathered once more on the common for a special church service and a free community cookout that capped off this year's celebrations.

Martin Lord and Osman
Salmon Press
Town of Alexandria
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