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Barnstead Old Home Day events rescheduled


September 08, 2009
BARNSTEAD — Daylong and steady rains on Saturday, Aug. 29, forced the cancellation of many of the planned activities for Barnstead Old Home Day 2009. But, not to be discouraged by a little wet weather, the Barnstead Old Home Day Committee has rescheduled some of the cancelled activities, as follows:

The canoe and kayak race is rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. Registrations will be taken at the launch site on the Big River (behind the Barnstead Police Station) from noon to 1:45 p.m. on the day of the race. The race will begin at 2 p.m. There is a fee.

Each registrant will receive a free T-shirt. Racing categories include tandem canoe, solo canoe, tandem kayak and solo kayak. Awards will be given to the first, second and third place finishers as solo male and female, tandem male pairs and female pairs, coed pairs and senior pairs in each category.

The Old Home Day Auction is rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at Barnstead Town Hall. Bidder registration and auction preview will begin at 3 p.m. The auction will begin promptly at 4 p.m. This will be a live auction, with Russ Abbott from Atlantic Auction Company as the auctioneer.

The Barnstead Old Home Day live auction is not only fun and exciting, but is also the primary fund-raising event that supports the expense of future Old Home Days. This is a great opportunity to support this important community event, and a chance to bid on very desirable items and services donated by local businesses, individuals and families.

Also scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at Barnstead Town Hall are a "Best Crock Pot Dish in Suncook Valley Contest" and an Apple Baking Contest. Awards of $50 will be given to the winner of each contest.

Crock pot entries will be accepted at Town Hall on Sept. 19, beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. Starting at 6:30 p.m., immediately following the Old Home Day Auction, judging will be conducted by popular vote of public tasters. For a minimal fee per person, tasters can taste all crock pot entries, with a roll and beverage, and vote for the best Crock Pot Dish in Suncook Valley. Bring your favorite crock pot dish to the auction, and compete for a $50 cash prize. To pre-register for the Crock Pot Contest, call Eileen Murley at 435-6692 by Sept. 17.

Organizers request a copy of the recipe for your crock pot dish and permission to publish the recipe in a 2010 cookbook, "Recipes of Barnstead Old Home Day." Entrants will be responsible for arranging for pickup of their crock pot by 8:30 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 19.

And, don't miss out on the Apple Baking Contest. Fall is the time to make all those wonderful baked apple comfort foods. Any home-baked goodie containing apples is eligible. Dig out the old family recipe; try something new; craft your own apple creation. Show off your culinary talents and have some fun. And best of all, the prize of $50 may very well be yours.

Apple Baking Contest entries will be accepted at Town Hall beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing until 6 p.m. Winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges at 6:30 p.m. Following the selection of the winning entry, all entries will be served as dessert to Crock Pot Contest tasters. Organizers also request a copy of the recipe for each apple dish and permission to publish the recipe in a 2010 cookbook, "Recipes of Barnstead Old Home Day."

It will be a fun and interesting afternoon and evening at Barnstead Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 19. Let's get together and enjoy the auction and the crock pot and apple baking contests.

A second Barnstead 5K Road Race is being scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24. Registration for the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the starting line on Parade Circle in Barnstead Parade. The race will start at 10 a.m. The course is fast and flat, stretching from the Parade Grounds out Parade Road to Route 126 and then back to the finish line at Parade Circle. Registration details will be developed and communicated.

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