By Alex Malm
The Old Home Day Committee held its first meeting for the 2022 event on March 16.
This year’s event will take place from Aug. 17 – 21 and it will be the celebration of the town’s 300th birthday.
It was explained by Chairperson Katie Sullivan that in years past Thursday night was used for Kids Night. Last year they changed it to Kids Day on Saturday in an attempt to have people stay longer throughout the day Saturday.
“We really think more people stayed for more of the duration,” said Sullivan.
Because of that they are going to continue having, battle of the bands on Thursday.
She said that normally it is held in the Town Commons but last year the event occurred inside due to the weather.
On Friday the day is going to start off the police and fire softball game which is played at Matthew Thorton.
Additionally they are going to continue with having Friday as a “party night” with different things like food trucks and other activities. She said that last year they had five food trucks and they are hoping to have more this year.
Sullivan said if anyone knows of any other food trucks they should let Kirby Brown know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sullivan said that Saturday is “The day of all days.”
She said that the day will start off with the baby contest again this year right before the parade.
Town Council Liaison John Farrell said that they need to determine what candidates have to pay to march in the parade and which don’t. He said that typically elected officials like the Governor don’t have to pay but those who aren’t in office and are running for office have to pay.
“They don’t pay the fee, they don’t march,” said Farrell.
Brown said that she would get the price they have had in the past so they can determine what to charge this year.
Sullivan said that if people wanted to help out with the parade the best way to help is by helping with the set up. Once the parade starts volunteers would be able to enjoy their day.
After that they will have the Kid Center and car show again.
Sullivan said they are looking to add more to the Kid Center.
She said that last year it was packed all day long.
Another highlight of the day includes a 5K race. A few years ago the longstanding David Lundgren sponsored event was taken over by a Millennium Running race called the Boot Scootin’ Boogie.
Town Councilor Deb Paul that it would be nice if the race was could switch back to the Lundgren Race since he started the race as a fundraiser for many years.
She said that it would be good if the race was once again for local people and all the money could go back towards the track team and if the Lions Club wanted to set up a beer tent they could as a fundraiser for their organization.
Sullivan said it was something they could discuss further.
The Adult Center will also be featured this year. Last year some of the highlights included axe throwing, the car show and a DJ.
“Adults really like that,” said Sullivan.
She said that they are looking at other adult events and activities to have as well.
The next Old Home Days Committee Meeting is slated to take place on April 4 at 6 p.m.