Celebrate New Durham Saturday


August 03, 2011
NEW DURHAM — The town of New Durham will be celebrating on Saturday, Aug. 6, and this year the celebration will have a Hawaiian flavor to it.

Celebrate New Durham day will kick off with a "Caring and Sharing 5K" that will benefit the local food pantry.

The cost to register is $25 on race day and $20 to pre-register, with a $2 discount for a donation to the food drive. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race will begin at 8 a.m. at the Farmington Fish and Game Club

Immediately after, a one-half mile kids' fun run will be held.

There will several road closures between 8 and 9 a.m. for the race including; Brackett Road, Birch Hill Road, Main Street to the Alton line and Old Bay Road back to the fish and game club.

The food pantry will be holding an open house from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and antique and unique car show will be held from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the New Durham School. Anyone interested in participating in the car show can show up at the school.

The New Durham library is hosting a friendly cribbage tournament at 1 p.m., with a cost of $10, prizes for the top two players and snacks for all who stop by.

The evening activities for the Hawaiian themed day will begin at 5 p.m.

Parking inside the ball park at Smith Field will be limited to first-come, first-serve, and additional parking will located at 18 Main St., former Foxy Johnny's and the New Durham Town Hall. Handicapped parking will also be available inside the ballpark.

There will be several vendors and concession options for visitors, PTO bounce house will be set up, a climbing wall will be put up, and the registration for the three-on-three basketball tournament will begin at 5 p.m., with a cost of $6 per team and the tournament beginning at 6 p.m.

Krista Megan Traversie will be performing, fall soccer and girls' volleyball signups will be taking place, and other activities include free face painting from 5:30 to 6 p.m., coconut bowling from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., a free kids' craft table at 6:30 p.m., a loon presentation by Harry Vogel at 6:30 p.m., a family candy bar bingo game at 7 p.m., with a cost of $1 per person and a coconut pie eating contest at 7:45 p.m.

The Cub Scouts will also be hosting a rain gutter regatta.

A Hawaiian baking contest will be held, with a deadline of 6 p.m. and two divisions; 12 and under and 13 and older.

Clayton Randall and Leon Smith will be presenting an oxen demonstration to the crowd.

After 8 p.m., a Big and Little Kahuna contest will be held and a hula-hoop contest will be held, with Miss New Hampshire judging.

Throughout the evening 50/50 tickets will be sold by members of the New Durham Parks and Recreation Department, including Director Kellie Chase, who helped organize all of the events for the Hawaiian theme.

At 9:15 p.m. the national anthem will be sung and the night will be capped off with celebration of fireworks.

Chase would like to thank the efforts of the New Durham Police, Fire and Highway Departments, the Town Hall and Diane Thayer.

Visitors to the celebration are encouraged to wear a Hawaiian shirt to help celebrate the theme.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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