WATERBORO — Old Home Days returns Friday after a one-year hiatus, and organizers say they’re looking forward to a great community turnout for the Friday night talent show, Saturday’s parade and fireworks as well as host of other activities and amusements in between.

Folks can go on a helicopter ride, take part in some water-related fun (think wet), listen to some music and play in a cribbage tournament, if they’re so-minded.

“The committee is very excited about this year,” said Heather Silva of the Old Home Days Committee. “We have worked hard to get this great event back and better then ever. We have added a talent show and some performances from some local groups. We also added field day games to the event. I am hopeful it will be the best year ever.”

Old Home Days didn’t take place in 2014 because not enough folks stepped up to help the handful of volunteers available and a plea for more at the time didn’t result in enough additional folks to get the work done.

But this year is different. The volunteers have swelled their ranks and were formally recognized by selectmen in February ”“ then they set to work.

Events kick off Friday on the Massabesic High School campus on West Road with an opportunity for folks to try their hand at operating a remote controlled airplane, starting at 5:30 p.m. A talent show starts at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, folks can watch a parade that steps off from Straw Mill Brook Road off Route 202 and proceeds south to West Road, ending at the Massabesic campus. The Massabesic Special Olympics Team are Grand Marshals of the parade.

Motorists should be aware that Route 202 will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday to accomodate the parade.

Folks who want to see the town from above can plunk down $30 for a helicopter ride ”“ York County Helicopters is offering rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can compete in a cribbage tournament at noon. There is an inflatable obstacle course at noon in the Massabesic High School gym, and free field games, like water races, a water balloon toss, and the like outside starting at 12:30 p.m.

There are dance, martial arts and cheering demonstrations in the afternoon, followed by music ”“ Mark Kelley is scheduled to sing and play the piano featuring popular melodies from 3-5 p.m.”“ and the southern Maine band Agent Onion will play 80s rock, new hip hop and rocking country from 5:30-9 p.m.

Then, when its dark, there’s fireworks, of course.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]

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