Saturday in Londonderry to Draw Thousands

Aug 19, 2011 No Comments by

Like a raffled off gift basket, tomorrow’s Old Home Day celebration is packed full of goodies! The day is off and running at 8 AM with the annual Londonderry Lundgren 5K Road Race. Then nearly 10,000 people will line the 1.2 mile stretch of Mammoth Road while businesses and non-profits, bands and sports teams, politicians and special guests march to Mack’s Apples. Meanwhile, the Town Common will be filling quickly with booths. And that’s just the morning!

Throughout the morning, RE/MAX 1st Choice Realty will provide tethered hot air balloon rides. Orchard Christian Fellowship will host a continental breakfast before the road race. The Morrison House will have a demonstration of a Revolutionary War Encampment. Lunch will be available for purchase from the Lion’s, featuring their delicious sausage sandwiches again.

The Londonderry Old Home Day Committee has teamed with the Nutfield YMCA to sponsor water balloon tosses, wheelbarrow races, pie-eating contests, Pinatas, sack races, and so many other great family activities. Family Bingo is back, and officially a part of the Old Home Day celebration. Also continued this year, Londonderry Sings will be hosted to showcase the talented Londonderry folk!

New to this year, the Londonderry Old Home Day Committee has added the Londonderry Town Fair. The fair will feature many handmade and homemade items, baked goods and arts. These items will be on display at the Grange Hall and will be judged, tasted and admired by many. Winners from categories like Yarn Products, Photographs, and Pencil Drawings, will receive prizes.

If your baby is a resident of Londonderry and was born between August 1, 2010 and August 10, 2011, be sure you’ve enter him or her in the Londonderry Old Home Day Baby Contest! Babies will be judged and awarded prizes in these categories: Best Personality; Best Dressed; Best Smile; Little Miss; and Little Master! Preregistration is required and no exceptions will be made.

Be sure not to miss the action at the Bandstand! Entertainment begins at 11:30 AM with the Hudson American Legion Band. The Lancer Drumline will also perform. After which, the High School Radio Station WLLO will take the stage and feature music and Karaoke. Applestock 3 will begin at 7 PM and will feature local high school talent! The concert will last until 10:30 PM.

Saturday, August 20, 2011’s events are as follows:

Londonderry Lundgren 5K Road Race
Race begins at 8 AM, rain or shine
Register tonight at the Londonderry High School Gym from 5 PM to 7 PM or tomorrow beginning at 6:45 AM
Preregistration fee: $17 for non-Londonderry residents; $15 for Londonderry residents
Race Day Registration: $20 everyone
Racers begin at Lion’s Hall, run south to Peabody Row, onto Buttrick Road, then back up Mammoth Road to finish at Lion’s Hall

Hot Air Balloon Rides
From 7:30 AM until 9:30 AM
On the Matthew Thornton Field

Booths
Open from 9 AM until 4 PM, rain or shine
Located on the Town Common

Baby Contest
Starts at 9 AM
Londonderry High School Cafeteria

Morrison House Museum
Museum, Blacksmith Shop and Colonial Military Camps open for tours from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Events during day include cooking demos, infantry/firing drills, Colonial field surgery demo, and more.

Parade
Begins at 10:30 AM, rain or shine
Starts at the Londonderry Middle School, ends at Mack’s Apples on Mammoth Road
2011 Grand Marshall: Robert Lincoln
2011 Theme: Londonderry: Friends Forever Get Together

Games on the Common
Begin at 12 PM, last until close

Londonderry Town Fair
Judging from 10 AM until noon, public viewing and sampling from noon until 3 PM
Located at the Grange Hall
Prizes for winners in each category

Londonderry Sings
From  1 PM until 3 PM
Londonderry High School Cafeteria

Family Bingo
From 3 PM until 4 PM
Lion’s Pavillion

Arts & Entertainment

About the author

Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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