PHILLIPS — The 59th Old Home Days celebration will begin Saturday, Aug. 13, with bathtub, bike, rubber ducky and running races.

Amateur lumberjacks, artists, photographers and poker players will have opportunities to show their skills throughout the weeklong celebration.

The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Museum will offer train rides throughout the week at Dill Woods.

The American Legion will host a cribbage tournament at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The Phillips Public Library will hold a road race for children up to age 17 on Saturday, Aug. 20.

There will be a grand parade down Main Street at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. This year’s theme is My Favorite Decade, and judges will look for creativity and originality. Other activities that day include the annual chicken barbecue and bean supper at the Community House on Main Street, and a street dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. featuring the band Stay Tuned.

The Sandy River Flying Club will host a breakfast from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, at the Lindbergh Airport on Route 4. The club will offer plane rides.

Many children’s activities are planned.

Phillips Elementary School eighth-graders will host a talent show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, students will hold a yard and bake sale on Main Street.

Before the parade on Friday, local Suzy Sanders will host her 10th Magical Wonderland. It includes tours of her faerie houses, face-painting by local artists, puppet shows and hands-on crafts.

There will be a children’s parade at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, beginning on Main Street. In the event of rain, participants can gather in the Phillips Area Community Center.

Fly Rod Crosby Trail volunteers will take visitors on a guided walk around town at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at the Phillips Area Community Center.

The Phillips Historical Society will host an open house during the week, and other groups have planned activities and fundraisers. The North Franklin Sportsmen’s Club will host a barbecue from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. It will include a “rock-paper-scissors” tournament as part of the entertainment.

Registrations will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, for competitions at the Northwoods Pulling Track. There will be a horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m. at North Franklin Park.

A duck derby at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 will cap the week of celebration, and participants will launch their ducks from the town bridge.

This year’s honored couple is Janet and Dennis White. The two were selected for their dedicated service to the community.

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