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Town gears up to "Celebrate New Durham"

Road race, contests and fireworks scheduled for Saturday

August 03, 2010
NEW DURHAM — Residents of New Durham can look forward to an event-filled day this weekend.

The New Durham Parks and Recreation Department is planning a full day of races, activities, contests, music and displays for its annual "Celebrate New Durham" festival on Saturday, Aug. 7.

"We took it one step further this year with a whole day of events and fireworks," said Parks and Recreation Director Kellie Chase. "It's the first year we've had all these events."

The day will begin with the "Fun, Games and Giving Road Race" 5K at 7 a.m. at the Farmington Fish and Game Club on Old Bay Road. The footrace is open to everyone over the age of 10.

Registration for the road race is $20 with an additional non-perishable item for the New Durham Food Pantry. Road Race contestants without a non-perishable item for the food pantry are required to donate an additional two dollars.

Immediately following the 5K is the "Kids' Fun Run" for children 10 and under. The entry fee for this race is also a non-perishable food item for the New Durham Food Pantry.

At 8:30 a.m. will be an adult volleyball tournament, and at 10 a.m. the adult horseshoe tournament. Both of these tournaments will be held at the Farmington Fish and Game Club.

A dodgeball tournament for people 16 years and up is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the New Durham School.

The New Durham Food Pantry will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all visitors interested in learning more about the charitable organization. The food pantry is also planning on having a bake sale and a raffle.

The evening events feature a wide variety of sights, sounds, and activities for visitors.

At the Farmington Fish and Game Club, the classic-rock band "Camp Fire Boogie" will play starting at 5 p.m. and will perform throughout the evening. There will also be a number of exhibits and vendors including Wild Life Encounters, the New Durham Historical Society, the Conservation Commission, Friends of the New Durham Library, dog-tricks by Miss Behavior, and a lemonade stand.

Sporto's restaurant and the New Durham General Store will provide food.

Additional evening activities, which will all be held at the Farmington Fish and Game Club, include a bounce house, an apple pie baking contest, a pie eating contest, and a frying pan throwing contest.

For those interested in something a bit different, there will be a "boxcar drive-in" at 7 p.m. at the New Durham Library.

The night concludes with a fireworks display starting at around 9:15 p.m.

Chase is grateful for all the help provided in making this day a reality.

"Farmington Fish and Game Club has been a huge supporter," she said. "It's been a great pleasure organizing this day of activities. All the people involved have been very supportive."

New Durham Parks and Recreation is still accepting registrations for all events. Contact Chase at 859-5666 or ndrec@worldpath.net for registration forms and for more information on "Celebrate New Durham" activities.

Weston Sager can be reached at 569-3126 or wsager@salmonpress.com

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