PHILLIPS — Celebrating the spirit of community, hundreds of parade-goers waved to Old Home Days marchers and floats on Friday afternoon.

Children dressed in colorful gauze fairy wings and pirate garb stood excitedly along Main Street as bagpipers, dancers, cows and a dragon moved past them. The 57th year of festivities included a children’s art show, photography and quilt exhibits, and a “Phillips Goes Hollywood” theme that offered a dazzling range of creativity.

Honored couple Jane and Barry Thorndike rode in style in a homemade stretch limousine, while riders on the old narrow gauge railroad in Dill Woods got a taste of another form of transportation that once carried visitors and working people around western Maine.

The festivities continue through the weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, a three-mile walk to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. at the library and walkers begin at 8 a.m. The annual road race starts at 9 a.m. on Main Street, with registration at the hardware store. On Sunday, Aug. 17, events include the Sandy River Flying Club breakfast, a loggers’ competition and a children’s parade.


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