SANDOWN – It’s that time of year when the town sets aside a full weekend to celebrate itself, with residents encouraged to visit with neighbors and try to eat as many hotdogs as they can in three minutes. It’s Old Home Days this weekend. The events begin on the night of Friday, Aug. 9 and run all the way until Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11. There are plenty of opportunities for fun, and the Old Home Days committee is hoping that all of the effort they’ve put into the weekend over the last months will pay off with a good turnout.
While in the past the Old Home Days Friday night has featured an adult dance, this year the committee is making the kick-off for the weekend more family friendly. There’s a Ham and Bean Supper set for 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs of Town Hall. Entrance is by donation, with proceeds going to the Senior Affairs Transportation Program. After the supper, the kids of the Southern New Hampshire Musical Theatre Camp will put on a well-rehearsed showing of Disney’s “Aladdin” upstairs at the town hall.
On Saturday, Aug. 10, the events start early at 7 a.m. with the traditional free pancake breakfast at St. Matthew’s Church next door to the town hall. That runs until 10 a.m. Frog jumping registration runs from 8 to 9 a.m. at Central School, with the contest taking place at 9 a.m. Starting at 8:30 a.m., the race is on for the always well attended Sandown 5 Miler and Kids Fun Run, which starts at the fire station. Visit sandownroguerunners.com for more information.
Another important registration time is the Mothers Club Bake Off from 9 to 10 a.m. This year the announcement of the Citizen of the Year takes place at 9:30 a.m. on the main stage at Central School. It’s a little earlier than in years past.
Brought back this year is a popular event from yesteryear, the kids’ bike parade. To take part, register between 11 and 11:30 a.m., with the parade starting at noon. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes. Throughout the day there will be plenty of entertainment on two stages. Bands ranging from rock to big band sound, a magic act, and a menagerie are among the entertainment offerings.
There are many vendors to peruse as well, ranging from local crafters to organizations to the Lions Club’s grill and other food and snack stations. Behind all that on the fields will be plenty of activities, from inflatable rides to a dunk tank, to keep the kids busy. Local horse experts from Patchwood Farms are offering pony rides all day.
Also noteworthy is the pie eating contest at 11:15 a.m., the hot dog eating contest at 1:30 p.m., a woodsman demonstration at 2 p.m. and Timothy Rand’s band Preciphist playing at 2 p.m. on the second stage. Rand is chair of the Old Home Days Committee.
The parade starts at noon, with cow plop bingo at 1 p.m. In addition, the Old Meetinghouse holds an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. and the Fire Department’s chicken barbecue runs from 4 to 6 p.m.
Saturday wraps up with fireworks at Sandlot Sports on North Road. Karaoke at that location begins at 6 p.m., food concessions open at 7:30 p.m., The Usual Suspects band will play, and fireworks will be shot off at 9 p.m.
Sunday also offers activities worth checking out. A non-denominational service at the Old Meetinghouse starts at 11 a.m.. And the police will again challenge the fire department in a softball game at Sandlot Sports starting at noon. Food concessions will be open during the game.
The Old Home Days Committee has been finalizing all of the small particulars of the many events over the weekend, and members are excited to see their work come to fruition in Sandown’s special annual weekend.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.sandown.us and click on the Old Home Days tab on the right.