Old Home Day celebrates 'Good Ol' Country Fun'


June 24, 2009
NORTHFIELD —Tilton-Northfield Old Home Day organizers expect this year's event to be much like last year's but are hoping for one exception: that any rain will stay away long enough for the fireworks to go off.

Old Home Day Committee Chair Peg Shepard said that last year's fireworks were rained out, and worse, there was no rain date because of scheduling conflicts. This year she's hoping for better weather; after all, the theme is "Good Ol' Country Fun," and everything is more fun under sunny skies.

"We didn't want anything too serious this year," Shepard said of the theme, noting that last year's theme encouraged recycling and the year prior honored soldiers.

Old Home Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, with a rain date of the 28th. The first of the day's event start bright and early, with road race registration beginning at the Pines Community Center at 6:30 a.m. The Fun Race starts at 7:45 a.m., and the 5k DARE Road Race starts at 8 a.m. Shepard said all the money raised during that race goes toward local DARE programs.

For those participating in the parade, line up begins at 8:30 a.m. at Union Sanborn School, with the actual parade commencing at 10 a.m. The parade route runs from the school to the Pines.

"We're going to have a lot of floats this year," Shepard said.

One of those floats will feature live animals that kids will be able to pet, she said.

After the parade, the Pines area will be filled with games for children of all ages, activities such as rock climbing, and vendors selling toys and food. The Tilton-Northfield Center Street fire station will be open so kids can check out the trucks.

At 11 a.m., horse pulling will begin at the Pines.

The popular chicken barbecue will start at noon, with plates full of chicken, potato salad, and some extras for $6 – the same price as last year.

"It hasn't gone up a penny," Shepard said.

She said the price stays low because Mulligan's Restaurant donates the chicken and potato salad, and the Tilton-Northfield Rotary Club donates anywhere from $250 to $500 toward it each year.

There will also be two stands selling hot dogs and hamburgers instead of one, "because the lines were so horrendous," Shepard said.

At 2:30 p.m., anyone who has saved room after lunch can participate in a pie-eating contest.

The vendors close up shop around 4 p.m., and the fireworks start at dusk. They can be viewed from Riverfront Park or across the river at the old Surette Battery site.

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