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Celebrate Alton this Saturday

Annual Old Home Day celebration features plenty of fun for everyone

August 10, 2011
ALTON — An annual summer tradition returns to Alton on Saturday as the Old Home Day celebration rolls into town.

There will be many different activities for kids and adults of all ages starting with the annual road race.

The Alton Old Home Day 5K will begin at 9 a.m. at the Alton Bay Bandstand. The course is USATF-certified and runs through Alton. Awards will be presented to the top runners in all age divisions as well as to the first Alton man and woman to cross the finish line.

Registration can be taken on race day at the bandstand and results will be posted online.

When the race is over, spectators can venture over to the craft fair, featuring fine wood crafts, candles, fleece, pottery, maple syrup products, jewelry, fabrics, quilts, doll furniture and many more items. The craft fair will run all weekend long, opening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and the craft fair will take place at two different locations, at Railroad Square Park and the Alton Bay Community Center.

The New Hampshire Boat Museum will once again take part in the Alton Old Home Day celebration, sponsoring the annual vintage boat show at the Alton Public Boat Docks. The boat show runs from 9 a.m. to noon and spectators are welcome to stop by and vote for their favorite boat.

Meredith Village Savings Bank will join forces with the Alton Department of Parks and Recreation for a free outdoor Bingo game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Alton Bay Bandstand. There will be great prizes awarded and all ages are welcome to participate.

Returning to the celebration this year is the Old Home Day parade, which will kick off at 2 p.m. in Alton Village and make its way down Route 11 to Alton Bay. The parade made a successful return to the Old Home Day celebration last year and was an instant success. The parade is sponsored by the Alton Business Association.

Alton Home and Lumber and Profile Bank will also be sponsoring its annual contractor's show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be put back into the local community and there will be plenty of activities going on. Many local businesses and organizations will be represented under the tent located on the back lawn of Profile Bank in Alton Village.

There will be a pie-eating contest, a bouncy house, chicken drop, dunking booth, a K9 demonstration and tons of great food. There will be dance demonstrations and music from Alton's own Bittersweet. There will also be plenty of raffle prizes donated by local businesses and organizations.

There will also be a ribbon cutting for the John Racine Memorial Trail, located near the B & M Railroad Park in Alton Village. After the ribbon cutting, which takes place at noon, participants are invited to walk the path and follow the sidewalk down to River Run Deli for ice cream.

After all the day's activities, everyone is sure to be hungry and the Alton Firemen's Association has just the ticket for the hunger. The group will be sponsoring its annual chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alton Central Fire Station on Route 140. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the fire station and proceeds from the dinner will go toward the purchase of new life-saving equipment for the department.

As the night winds down, the Echo Tones, playing their blend of classic rock and roll, will descend on the Alton Bay Bandstand for a concert from 7 to 9 p.m. This free concert is part of the Alton Department of Parks and Recreation's weekly free concert series, which takes place every Saturday night in July and August in Alton Bay.

The night will be capped off with a fireworks display sponsored by the town of Alton. Fireworks will be launched off the barge in Alton Bay at 9:20 p.m. If rain is in the air, the fireworks will be bumped back to Sunday, Aug. 14.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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