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Wakefield Pride Day to bring old-fashioned fun

April 29, 2009
WAKEFIELD — Town traditions will be the focus of the Greater Wakefield Chamber of Commerce's annual Pride Day on May 16, which will once again bring family games and entertainment to downtown Sanbornville in celebration of the town's rich, 235-year history.

"We are trying to represent past Pride Day events and the heritage of Wakefield, as well as the future of the town," said Waitner. "Our theme is Wakefield's past, present and future."

Pride Day kicks off with the annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Poor People's Pub. The breakfast costs $4 for adults and $2 for children, with proceeds benefitting the Wakefield Heritage Commission.

The fair in downtown Sanbornville will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the traditional parade coming down Meadow Street at noon.

While some attractions and events—like rides, inflatables and the Wakefield Recreation Department's annual road race—won't make an appearance this year due to budget constraints, the Chamber promises an old-fashioned good time that borrows from Pride Days past. "We're bringing back some of the old stuff," said Waitner, adding that most of this year's activities have been on hold in recent years. "They've been done in the past, but they're new this year."

Games will include sack races and a tug-of-war, while local crafters will be on hand selling locally made items and demonstrating processes like granite cutting. The area's dance studios will host an exhibition, and local history buffs can take a bus ride around Wakefield's various historical sites in the afternoon.

Waitner also promises "the usual gambit of foods"—sausages, hamburgers, homemade baked goods, and a variety of fried delicacies.

He added that the Chamber is still seeking local member businesses willing to sponsor the event or participate. After all, he said, "it's somewhat for them," as businesses will play an important part in Wakefield's future.

The Chamber is also looking for parade participants and volunteers. "We're looking for assistance to run the games; we're looking for teenagers to help with that and running things," he said. Additionally, more teams are needed to join the tug-of-war competition.

Waitner said there's also room for more craft vendors. "If there are organizations out there looking to sell their crafts, there's still space out there for crafters," he said. However, the event is already "maxed out" on food vendors, which Waitner attributes to the poor economy.

For vendor or sponsorship information or to volunteer, email John@colonialperiodrenovators.com or call 941-0939 no later than May 14. To learn more about the Greater Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, visit www.wakefieldnh.org.

Martin Lord and Osman
Salmon Press
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