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Lancaster to mark anniversary with special events

LANCASTER — The year 2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the settlement of the town of Lancaster and the celebration will be a big one.

Monthly special activities are planned throughout the year.

On Jan. 24, F.B. Spaulding will hold an open house. On Jan. 31, there will be a ball at the Mountain View Grand Hotel to celebrate the Grand Prix snowmobile races to be held Feb. 1-2. This year marks the 50th year of the races. A ball has always been a part of the event.

Through the 1960s and 1970s, the Grand Prix drew huge crowds and was part of a larger racing circuit. The grand prize was the Kilkenny Cup. The winner received a replica and his or her name was added to the permanent cup.

For many years participants raced on a track in the Meadows, behind the fairgrounds. For this year’s event, a track has been groomed across the street from the fairgrounds.

A book of local photographs has been put together by the Lancaster Historical Society and should be on sale in February.

Granite State storyteller and author Rebecca Rule will do a program on “Town Meeting” in March.

The Colonel Town Players will present Thornton Wilder’s acclaimed “Our Town” in April.

A big rig day and a dance at Centennial Park will take place in June.

A Ricky Nelson tribute will be held in July at the fairgrounds. Two of the late singer’s sons will perform. This event is sponsored by the Noyes Lecture Fund, created many years ago to pay for one event a year for Lancaster residents.

Also in the planning stages are softball and wiffleball tournaments, historical tours, and a piano concert.

An October Fest is being planned, as is a giant parade slated for Oct. 5.Tentative events include an historical scavenger hunt, May Pole, patriotic cantata and a game supper.