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Joyce Endee

Old Home Day the place to be

August 04, 2009
ALTON — With a wide array of new events and activities slated to make their debut this year, alongside some returning favorites, Alton Village is shaping up to be ground zero for the town's annual Old Home Day celebration this weekend.

The festivities are set to begin tomorrow night (Friday, Aug. 7) at 6:30 p.m. with a community potluck dinner under the tents at Profile Bank, sponsored by local organizations. Families are invited to bring a chair and a favorite dish to share with friends and neighbors.

Saturday morning's events will center around the bay, beginning at 9 a.m. with the annual 5K road race, co-sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Runners will set off from the bandstand at Railroad Square Park and work their way through a U.S.A. Track and Field-certified course, with computerized timing services provided by Granite State Race Service.

Awards will be presented to the top overall make and female finishers; the first-place male and female finishers from Alton; and the top male and female finishers in each category, including walking.

While awaiting the race results, residents can browse through a selection of fine wood crafts, candles, fleece, stoneware pottery, Native American jewelry, fabrics, quilts, floral decorations, doll furniture, scroll saw fretwork, handmade soaps and more at the annual craft fair on the shore of the bay and inside the community center, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 8) and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 9).

The Wolfeboro-based New Hampshire Boat Museum will also be holding its 33rd annual antique boat show at the town docks Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.

Vintage runabouts, cruisers, triple cockpits, canoes and rowboats manufactured by Chris-Craft, Lyman, Garwood, Hackercraft, and Old Town will be on display vying for the People's Choice awards given annually to the top three entries.

ABA events

The Alton Business Association (ABA) once again has a full slate of events lined up at Profile Bank Saturday, beginning with the 2009 Contractor Home Show, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local business owners will display their wares and services under the big tent while visitors enjoy live music, free hot dogs and hamburgers, a pie eating contest, children's games, and free raffles for prizes donated by participating vendors.

Editor's note: In the event of rain, the Contractor Home Show will be held on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also returning this year will be the great Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Stitch Factory, where the contestant whose concoction leaves the best impression on the judges will walk away with $100.

Brand new to the ABA's list of events this year is a scavenger hunt set to begin at 10:30 a.m., which will take participants to businesses from the Traffic Circle to the bay and beyond (each marked with a sign and balloons) in search of designated items.

Prizes will be awarded at 2:45 p.m. in three different age groups.

Smith Candies will once again be hosting a bike parade in the parking lot at the Profile Professional Building at 11:30 a.m. Local youngsters are invited to show off their artistic side by decorating their bike or trike. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative entries.

Entry forms for the bike parade can be picked up ahead-of-time or on the day of the event at Smith Candies.

Following the bike parade, Alton Dance Academy students will wow the crowds with a performance at the professional building parking lot.

A car show sponsored by Alton Motorsports will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lakes Region Tax and Financial Planning.

Wagon rides sponsored by Sticks and Stones Farm, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Profile Professional Building.

The Fire Department "Touch-a-Truck" will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wainwright Insurance.

Evening activities

Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) will host a free outdoor Bingo game for all ages at the Railroad Square Park bandstand Saturday evening, beginning at 4 p.m. Lucky contestants will walk away with an assortment of prizes, including MVSB tote bags filled with goodies.

Those in need of a hearty meal after a long day of celebrating will find it at the annual chicken barbeque hosted the Firemen's Association from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Central Fire Station on Route 140. Tickets are currently available at the station.

All proceeds from the barbeque will go toward the purchase of new life safety equipment for the fire department.

At 7 p.m., local band the Echo Tones will take the stage at Harmony Park, treating the audience to the sounds of classic Rock 'n Roll.

The evening's festivities will culminate in the annual town-sponsored fireworks show at the bay, set to begin at 9:20 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will take place Sunday night.

Brendan Berube can be reached at 569-3126 or bberube@salmonpress.com

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