By Barbara Tetreault
MILAN — Milan Old Home Day festivities take place this weekend with a full slate of activities planned including a parade, an antique car, truck and tractor show, a ham and bean supper, a frying pan toss and the cow flap contest.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “4 Seasons of Fun, a Season for Everyone.”
“It’s going to be lots of fun,” promised Gisele Ouellette, one of the organizers.
The festivities get underway Friday, Aug. 11, with a ham and bean supper at the Milan Village School from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The dinner is known for its wonderful homemade desserts.
Saturday’s events get underway bright and early with the sign-up for the ATV Poker Run starting at 7:30 a.m. The poker run is put on by the Milan Trail Huggers and contestants must be back no later than 2 p.m. Those riders who want to participate in the parade should be back by 12:30 p.m.
The daylong flea market opens at 8 a.m. and sign-up for the horseshoe tournament opens at 9 a.m. with competition starting at 10 a.m.
Kids games will get underway at 9:30 a.m. as will face painting. Brian Lamarre will be demonstrating the art of chainsaw carvings all day.
New this year is a Kids’ Parade, which will begin lining up at 11:30 a.m. at the gazebo and get underway shortly after everyone is lined up. In the meantime, the line-up for the main parade at Yankee Gardens begins at 11:30 with the parade kicking off at 12:30 p.m. and going from Yankees Gardens to the Milan Church.
Ouellette said the person selected as this year’s Grand Marshal is being kept a surprise until the parade. Prizes for the various parade categories will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. at the gazebo.
Following the parade, the festival kicks into high gear with both an antique car, truck and tractor show opening at 2 p.m. as well as an ATV show and shine — both events being held behind the municipal building. Awards for the two shows will be announced at 4 p.m. at the gazebo.
Also at 2 p.m. is the Milan Has Talent show at the gazebo with DJ Steve Emerson and the frying pan toss going on in the field.
One of the perennial crowd favorites is the cow flap contest and tickets will be sold throughout the day. At 4 p.m. the selected cow will be turned loose on the cow flap grid to choose a square to make her deposit.
The day’s events wrap up with the area band, Déjà-Vu, performing on the stage from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., playing a mix of rock, funk, pop and dance music.
The celebration concludes on Sunday with a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Berlin Regional Airport followed by church services at 10:30 a.m.