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A perfect day to celebrate Belmont, and its natural resources



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Andrew, almost 2, picks out the best looking cotton candy, sold by Belmont Rotary during Old Home Day Saturday. Meghan Siegler. (click for larger version)
August 18, 2010
BELMONT — With temperatures in the 80s and no rain in sight, Belmont's Old Home Day was near perfect weather-wise, with crowds of people swarming the village during the day before the festivities moved over to Bryant Field in the evening.

The town celebrated this year's Old Home Day with the theme Conserving Belmont's Natural Resources and brought in a couple of special exhibits for the occasion. The Forever Locked Moose Exhibit, which tells the story of two moose that died after their antlers became entangled during a fight, was set up for the day near the Belmont Mill and drew a consistent stream of onlookers. Close by, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presented an interactive animal show featuring small animals and reptiles.

The village area was also filled with children's games and vendors selling crafts and food.

Marie Talbot was visiting family in Belmont and brought her 5-year-old daughter Maliya to Old Home Day.

"It's beautiful," she said as Maliya tried her hand at a rubber duck game. "I love the Squam Lakes exhibit."

The Belmont Public Library's annual book sale took place during Old Home Day as well, with piles of books both inside and outside the library. As the sale wound down around 1 p.m., library Director Jackie Heath said she'd had a steady stream of customers throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Several local organizations had booths set up to provide food or entertainment while raising money for their cause. The Girl Scouts of Belmont were charging $1 for each person who wanted to jump in the bouncy house they had set up. The money they raised will go to the Girl Scout Community Fund, which pays for things like Thanksgiving baskets and the reverse Santa program.

The Belmont Rotary Club was back again this year selling cotton candy and sno cones.

"It's been very good," Rotary member Gerrie Mitchell said as she replenished a dwindling supply of cotton candy.

Belmont High School's Class of 2013 set up a tent and some grills and were selling sausages, hotdogs and hamburgers. They had a steady stream of customers throughout the day.

"It's going so awesome," said AJ Henderson, a member of the class.

"It's amazing," volunteer Laura Moore agreed. "We've just been doing this (serving customers) for hours."

The crowds shifted closer to Main Street as the morning activities died down and the parade got underway, with the Conservation Commission leading the way as grand marshal. The half-hour parade featured local citizens, sports teams and organizations, as well as several politicians. Many threw out candy, and some even handed out pens and bottled water while kids lined up along the side of the road to gather the loot.

The festivities continued in the evening at Bryant Field as many of the vendors moved to that location in preparation for the fireworks show that capped off the day's activities. Prior to the fireworks, the Belmont Good Citizen Award was presented to graduating senior Mike Farkas.

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