Old Home Days
Old Home Days will mark Wilton's 275th anniversary
By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent |
June 27. 2014 8:39PM
Marching in the 2009 Wilton Old Homes Day parade was Brownie Troop 2236 wearing vintage Girl Scout uniforms. Wilton celebrates Old Homes Day once every five years. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys Photo)
WILTON — One day is not enough time for Wilton to celebrate its 275th anniversary, so the town is hosting a nine-day event in honor of Old Home Days.
The event starts on Aug. 16 with the fireman’s parade and will conclude on Aug. 24 with a grand parade complete with floats and marching bands. The theme is “275 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”
Also planned are concerts, dances, a fireman’s muster, a murder mystery dinner, golf tournament, disc golf, two BMX bike shows, an antique car show, a horseshoe tournament, a senior dinner, races and scavenger hunt.
“Everything is free of charge. The entry fee for the fun run is a donation to the food pantry,” said organizer Don Condon.
Vendor tables are also free but vendor donations are welcomed.
Each evening there will be events and music at Whiting Hill Park and the weekend events will run throughout the day.
Many town organizations will run activities, including the library and Second Congregational Church, The Masons have a breakfast and chicken barbecue, the Lions Club is active and the American Legion will host a flag retirement.
“They all step up,” said Condon. “The parade is always looking for people to put in floats. The days of neighborhood floats are long gone.”
Some of the favorite events include the fireman’s muster, the police vs. fire softball game and the disc golf tournament, which is named after Bob Mackintosh, who was a big supporter of the Wilton-Lyndeborough High School softball team.
“It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Wilton and encourage people who grew up here to come back and see what is going on in their hometown,” said Selectman Kermit William. “It’s wonderful for residents to meet new neighbors and have fun and for new people to enjoy our town. There should be something interesting for everybody and every age.”
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