60th annual Montague Old Home Days set for Saturday

  • Spectators on the Town Common watch the parade at Montague Old Home Days in 2018. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Parade marchers make their way down Main Street during Montague Old Home Days in 2018. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Parade marchers make their way down Main Street during Montague Old Home Days in 2018. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Susan Dorais of Montague Center, right, looks through the quilt display set up in the Montague Center First Congregational Church with Mary Melonis, who is the Montague Historical Society’s archivist, during 2017’s Montague Old Home Days. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 8/14/2019 6:40:56 PM

MONTAGUE — When Old Home Days returns on Saturday, so will Montague natives who have since moved away, joining to celebrate with current residents.

Like always, the festival is held the third weekend of August, on and around Montague Center Town Common, which makes it easy to remember for natives who have moved away, according to Old Home Days organizer Ann Fisk.

Though this is the 60th annual Old Home Days, the festival won’t include any special recognition of the round-numbered anniversary, Fisk said.

Open all day on Saturday will be a quilt show, craft vendors and games. There is also a schedule of spectacles and musical performances. Available food will include fried dough with maple cream, burgers, hot dogs and fries.

“It’s a traditional New England Old Home Days,” Fisk said.

Notably, the parade is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Typically, it is at 1:30.

The parade is open to anyone who wants to join. Participants line up at 12:15. Cars and other motor vehicles line up at the Fire Station on Old Sunderland Road, and pedestrians will line up at the ball field on School Street.

Old Home Days also features the Montague Mug Race, a 5.5-mile road race through Montague Center, as well as the 2-mile Mini Mug Race. In past decades, the Mug Race was comparable to the Bridge of Flowers Road Race in Shelburne Falls. One year in the 1980s, the Mug Race even had greater participation than the Bridge of Flowers race, Fisk said.

However, the Bridge of Flowers race has since expanded into a much larger event with greater promotion. Last year’s Mug Race had 75 participants.

Schedule of events

■7:30 a.m. — Mug Race registration.

■8:30 a.m. — Mug Race start.

■8:35 a.m. — Mini Mug Race start.

■9 a.m. — Quilt show, vendors and games open for the day.

■11 a.m. — Celtic Heels.

■11:30 a.m. — “Birds of Prey” with Tom Ricardi.

■Noon — Guitarist Eleanor Levine.

■12:30 p.m. — Parade.

■1 p.m. — Acoustic folk duo Corki & Ken.

■2 to 4 p.m. — Farley String Band.

■4:15 p.m. — Raffle drawings.

In addition to the full day of Saturday events, there will also be a Sunday morning service at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Montague, with music by Becky Walton and John Fuller.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 261.

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