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Jul 15, 2019








Courtesy of the Sandown Old Home Day Committee.

Sandown Old Home Day Fall Festival

When: Friday, Sept. 9, 7 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Edward C. Garvey Recreational Building, 25 Pheasant Run Drive, Sandown
Cost: Free admission (varying costs for food and some forms of entertainment)

Free festivities
Sandown Old Home Day Fall Festival returns

By Matt Ingersoll

 With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the Sandown Old Home Day Fall Festival will return to usher in the new season with a beer and wine tent and chili cook-off on Friday, Sept. 9, followed by family-friendly activities like KnockerBalls, a parade, a pie-eating contest and a dog show on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The festival’s venue has changed; this year it will be held at the Edward C. Garvey Recreational Building. It will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday with a beer and wine tent at the center for adults ages 21 and older only, according to Old Home Day committee marketing manager Bob Brouder. 
Featured at the tent will be tastings from Smuttynose and Budweiser, as well as a chili cook-off and live music and dancing. The tent will be sponsored by the Sandown Historical Society and the Chili “King” or “Queen” will be crowned for his or her best recipe.
“The only cost is a fee to taste all of the chilis that will be brought in and if people would like to purchase beer,” Brouder said. “But other than that, the music is free to enjoy.”
Unlike the events on Friday, Brouder said all of the festivities throughout the day on Saturday will be open to all ages. Saturday’s events will kick off with a parade leaving Sandown Central School on Main Street at 9 a.m. before traveling north to Glastombury Road.
“The parade route is about three tenths of a mile, so it should be done within a half hour or so, we are thinking,” Brouder said. “The children’s bike parade is actually going to lead off the rest of the floats.”
New this year at the Old Home Day Fairgrounds will be KnockerBalls, a game involving two big blowup balls that people climb inside and charge at each other in an attempt to get their opponent to fall on the ground. The cost to use them will be $5 for five minutes per person.
“The [Sandown] Lions Club will be hosting the annual dog show again, that’s been a big hit,” Brouder said. Prizes will be given out for the dog with the sweetest eyes, the droopiest ears, the “most likely to lick an intruder to death,” and more.
“There will also be a pie eating contest, and St. Matthew’s Church will be at the Rec. Center building sponsoring a free pancake breakfast,” Brouder said, adding that at least 30 New England-based food and craft vendors will be on hand at the fairgrounds under tents or at food trucks.
Two Sandown residents – one who is 21 years of age or older and another who is 17 or younger – will be honored at the festival for their community outreach and citizenship. According to Brouder, the Old Home Day committee is also searching for Sandown’s oldest living resident and is working to bring back the more than century-old “Boston Post Cane” tradition, which involved a town selectman presenting a town’s oldest living resident with a cane.
“We’ve been posting information on the bulletin board outside the Sandown Town Hall but unfortunately we have not yet found Sandown’s oldest living resident,” Brouder said.
A variety of entertainment offerings will also be on the fairgrounds, Brouder said, including magicians, clowns, bouncy houses, and a number of organizations selling their products and doing demonstrations.
About an hour after sunset, the festivities will move to the nearby Sandlot Sports & Entertainment Center on North Road, where fireworks will kick off around 9 p.m.
The two-day event is the main fundraiser for the Sandown Historical Society’s restoration of artifacts and other preserved materials.
“We’re actually in the process of restoring an old cannon that the town owns that’s going to be put on display near the Town Hall, and we’ll have it on display at the festival,” Brouder said. “One of the other big goals this year is restoring some of the old railroad cars that we have back to their original configuration.” 

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