Strong plans plenty for Pierpole celebration

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STRONG — The town celebrates summer each year in the name of Pierpole, a Native American and one of the area’s first settlers.

This year, volunteers have stepped up to offer a day full of family-friendly events Saturday, July 14.

The day starts with an 8 a.m. flea market at Strong Elementary School, open houses at the Fire Department and Strong Historical Society, a book sale and raffle at the library and a lumbermen’s competition at RLH Enterprises on North Main Street.

A road race, a book signing with Randy Probert and a dedication of the new ball field at the American Legion Hall are some of the many events.

As the day winds down, the 6 p.m. parade on Main Street will be followed by live music at the White Elephant Country Store & Restaurant at the other end of town.

FULL SCHEDULE:

8 a.m.: Flea Market — Strong Elementary School

9 a.m.: Registration for Color Run — Strong Elementary School

9-11 a.m.: Open House: Strong Fire Department

9 a.m.: Registration for Lumbermen’s Competition at RLH Enterprises (North Main Street)

Beginning at 10 a.m.:

* Book Sale and Raffle: Strong Public Library

* Open House: Strong Historical Society

* Lumbermen’s Competition: RLH Enterprises (North Main Street)

* 5K Color Run: Strong School to West Freeman Road

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Vendors and agencies’ booths: Strong Fire Department

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Book signing with Randall Probert: White Elephant Country Store & Restaurant

10 a.m.-8 p.m.: Bounce House, vendors, hay maze and kids’ activities at Forster Memorial Building

10:30 a.m.: Grand Opening of the American Legion Field, followed by ball games.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Chicken BBQ: Strong Fire Department

1 p.m.: Canine Demonstrations: Strong Fire Department

1:30 p.m.: Sandy River Great Whatever Race: Blue Ledges to the American Legion Field

2 p.m.: Raffle: Strong Fire Department

3 p.m.: Duck Race: Sandy River bridge to the American Legion Field

4–6 p.m.: Horse-drawn wagon rides: Forster Memorial Building

5–8 p.m.: Stay Tuned: White Elephant Country Store & Restaurant

6–8 p.m.: South Strong Road Crew Band: Methodist Church Parish Hall

6 p.m.: Grand parade from North Main Street through town

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