Organizers have big plans for Hooksett Old Home Day
By BENJAMIN C. KLEIN
Union Leader Correspondent | September 19. 2013 9:10PM
With over 150 vendors, a parade, fireworks, a variety of food and a family-friendly atmosphere, Hooksett Old Home Day Committee Chair Carrie Hyde said she is hoping the free town event will draw roughly 2,000 people this year.
Funded through a combination of town money and sponsorships, Hyde said the town will contribute between $10,000-$15,000 through donations and money for things like Parks and Recreation employees being on site and portable toilets.
Town Administrator Dean Shankle agreed.
“It’s clearly the biggest event of the year, and we don’t do anything on July Fourth, and it’s a chance for people to see not only what the non-profits and local government is doing in town but also the local vendors,” Shankle said. “There is always great local food, and there is a good chance to see all the different things that local people and organizations in Hooksett are involved in. It’s a good showcase for the town.”
“The thing I look forward to is the parade, I think everyone really enjoys the parade, it will have go-karts, clowns and a lot more in it,” Hyde said.
“That and the fact that everything is free, the bounce houses, petting zoo. The most enjoyment I get is seeing all the kids having fun. I am a stay at home mom with kids, so it is nice to see families able to come and not have to pay out of pocket and be exposed to all the vendors they can shop from,” Hyde said.
“It’ll be quite varied, I’ve probably got one hundred-plus crafters of jewelry, glass work, craft foods, jams, jellies, baked treats, hand sewn children’s clothing, it’s really quite wide,” Lydon said. “And the food vendors are really fun this year, the Lions Club has added pulled pork to the (barbecue) menu and there are two new food trucks, one is a lady out of Bradford that serves gourmet chili and grilled cheese sandwiches, and the other will have all different kinds of fritters.”
“It’s a good time to try to get information out to the community as well, about what’s going on in the town like regarding the high school situation,” Hyde said.
“Fireworks are always fun,” she said.