PHILLIPS – Today kicks off the 52nd annual Old Home Days celebration with the theme Good Times, Good Friends and Good . . . “fill in what works for you,” organizer Mary Jane Thorndike said.

The theme for the nine-day festival “leaves a lot of room for some great float ideas,” she said.

Even bad weather can’t slow the festivities, contests and celebrations, she said.

“One of my biggest worries was always what would happen if we had heavy rain,” Thorndike said. “Then, last year, it poured buckets and everyone just danced around and enjoyed everything anyway, so now I don’t worry that people will just go home and not come back.”

Bath tub, bike and road races, the lumberman’s competition, lantern run train rides, volleyball tournament, and a breakfast at the Lindbergh Airport are big crowd-pleasers, she said.

On Saturday, photographers have to submit entries by noon. Categories include wildlife, flowers, domestic animals, scenery and people. On Sunday, a benefit golf scramble for the Phillips Public Library starts at 2 p. m. at the Sandy River Golf Course in Farmington; preregistration is required.

On Tuesday night, vintage vehicles will gather from 5 to 8 p. m. for Cruise Night at the Country Delight on Route 4 in Avon. A talent show at the Phillips Elementary School starts at 7 p. m. and is expected to offer a few surprises, according to an unidentified organizer.

Cribbage tournaments start at 6:30 p. m. on Wednesday night at the American Legion Hall. On Thursday evening, visitors can go to a fashion show at the elementary school, or take golf lessons at Justafield, or listen to music at the Lighthouse Christian Church. Flower show entries must be left at the library from 4:30 to 7:30 p. m.

On Friday, Aug. 20, the town throws open its doors for the start of an action-packed weekend. A giant Everything Sale starts at 8:30 a. m. at the old gymnasium building on Depot Street.

The Historical Society starts its daylong crafts sale at 9 a. m., and a quilt show at the Congregational Church starts at 10 a. m.

One very popular Friday afternoon event has been Wonderland, run by Susy Sanders and her volunteers. Children can make fairy wings, pirate hats, crowns, magic wands, and have their faces painted from 1 to 4 p. m.

The chicken barbecue at the Community Center is the place to eat and enjoy the Grand Parade, which starts down Main Street at 5 p. m. A street dance will end the evening, with the Depot Street gym serving as an alternate location if it rains, Thorndike said.

 The Saturday afternoon Duck Derby and Moose Droppings Drop wraps up the nine days of entertainment. For more information, e-mail [email protected] call 639-2817.

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