Old Home Day has a full lineup

All the traditional events will be on tap during Hancock’s Old Home Day celebration this weekend, despite the fact that an organizing committee wasn’t formed until June.

“We are the oldest continuing Old Home Day in New Hampshire,” said Siobhan Martin, chair of this year’s Old Home Day Committee, on Tuesday. “We got a late start but things are going well. Our goal was to have contact people in charge of running each individual event, so the committee wouldn’t have to do it all, and that’s worked out great. We had lots of people step up to take over.”

Brother and sister Bill Weston and Sarah Hutchins, both graduates of Hancock High School, will be the grand marshals on Saturday when the Old Home Day parade heads down Main Street at 10:30 a.m.

The brick Hancock High School was built at the end of School Street 100 years ago, according to Martin, and this year’s festivities will recognize that milestone.

“The students themselves built it. They were called the Hancock Aggies,” she said. “It was the town’s high school until 1954.”

The building, which later served as the town offices, was torn down when the new Hancock Elementary School was built in the 1990s.

Martin said special VIP seating will be available in front of the bandstand for graduates of Hancock High School who attend the parade.

The weekend opens Friday at 5 p.m. with a magic show on the common and an ice cream social at the church vestry, followed by a talent show at the Meetinghouse.

Saturday events, in addition to the parade, include the Betty Pels Run for the Honey 5K race, a popular tradesmen’s alley in the horsesheds behind the Meetinghouse, a concert by the Temple Band, kids games and a synchronized swimming performance by Hancock’s Synchro Sistahs at the Norway Pond beach, games and competitions for both children and adults at the elementary school field, the Fire Department’s chicken barbecue and a contra dance in the evening.

“We’ll also have another outdoor movie for kids,” Martin said.

Martin said she’s hoping more people will build a soapbox derby car to race down the hill at the Town Hall parking lot on Saturday afternoon or show up with their lawnmowers on Sunday for the lawnmower obstacle course competition behind the fire station.

A complete Old Home Day schedule is online at www.hancocknh.org..

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