Groton Olde Home Days is finally upon us, bigger and better than ever before, and the momentum has been building for months. This greatly anticipated three-day festival will begin with the opening of the midway at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, and will conclude, for the first time since 2013, with a fabulous fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Fireworks will be set off on Main Street far back behind the Charles Rankin (C.R) Pavilion in the empty lot. Spectators should be cautious of the roped off areas; there will be no entry into those areas except by emergency and fireworks personnel. Seating will be available in and around the C.R Pavilion, but please bring your own lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
The family-friendly, old-fashioned carnival “Playland Amusements” will be rolling out the midway again this year on the Speedway lot at 6 p.m. nightly Thursday and Friday and noon on Saturday with fun for the entire family, rides, games and classic carnival food. There will be a wristband special for rides from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Cortland Old Timers Band will kick the music lineup off with a concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Chasing Neon will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, The Pittsford Marching Band at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Ten Man Push from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. These concerts will all take place behind the American Legion Hall on Main Street.
D.J. Kelly will be the emcee for a teen/kid dance hosted by the Groton Girl Scouts from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the C.R Pavilion, and Acoustic Duo with Josh Dwyer and Joel Kane, featuring country, bluegrass and blues, will play there from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday.
The Ross Park Zoomobile will also be at the Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and the Groton FFA (Future Farmers of America) will be selling fire roasted corn there at 6 p.m. and again at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The CirqOvation Superstar Supershow will be back again this year in the lot on Main Street near the C.R Pavilion with two spectacular shows at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be a meet and greet with Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol there from 2 to 4 p.m. and the Cornell Big Red Bear at 4:30 p.m.
The famous grand parade will step off on Main Street at 6 p.m. on Saturday, featuring the Pittsford Marching Band. Sir James the Balloon Artist will be strolling on Main Street from 1 to 5 p.m. ready to make his amazing balloon creations for everyone.
Of course, there will be the usual plethora of food available, with more vendors than ever before, including food trucks, chicken barbecues, St. Anthony’s famous pie tent, Foggy Bog Hunting Camp’s sausage and fresh-cut fries and Groton Cub Scouts’ popular country meat sticks, and the list could go on, but be sure to get your free popcorn from Baker-Miller Lumber and free T-shirts for children at Mark’s Pizzeria.
Local businesses will be holding and sponsoring sidewalk sales, giveaways and free entertainment. Look on Conger Boulevard Saturday for the Cornell Raptors Birds of Prey at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Physics Bus at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Groton Historical Society Craft and Collectibles show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cayuga Nature Center’s “Amazing Animals” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a magic show with Sir James the Balloon Artist in the gazebo at noon, a petting zoo, pony rides, wagon rides and so much more.
The second annual car show, hosted by the Groton Cruisers Club, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday behind the C.R. Pavilion with $100 cash prize awarded to the people’s choice. Car registration is at 9 a.m.The Motorcycle and Bicycle show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at 109 W. South St. with awards and trophies given at 3 p.m.
The annual Groton Art Show will be at the Groton American Legion this year. Drop-off and registration of art pieces will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and the opening gala will be on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The actual art show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The 11th annual Verne Morton Memorial Photography Show and Contest will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for the opening gala and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Blvd.
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VBS at Heritage Baptist
Heritage Baptist Church, 108 Elm St., will present its Vacation Bible School, SuperHeroes of Faith, for children ages 4 through 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 30. All are welcome!
Free backpacks and school supplies
During Groton Olde Home Days, Groton Assembly of God church will be handing out free backpacks filled with school supplies from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of the Clothing Closet, 160 Main St. All students accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome to receive a backpack.
The Clothing Closet will also be open during its regular hours from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day, followed by free hot dogs and bottled water from noon until 2 p.m. The Closet has free clothing for the entire family from infants to adults. Each person may take up to 10 items per person, per month during open hours, which are 10 a.m. to noon every second and fourth Wednesday and Saturday of the month.
Clothing Closet donations
The Clothing Closet gratefully accepts donations of clothing or shoes of all sizes for men, women, and children, as that is what enables it to pass them along to someone else in need. Men’s clothing is particularly sought after.
The coordinator, Sandra Rivera, would like to remind those who are donating that only clothing or shoes are accepted, and only during the hours the Closet is open for business. Please do not donate sheets, blankets, curtains, towels or other household items.
Donations should be clean and odor-free, with no stains, rips, broken zippers or missing buttons and in keeping with current clothing trends.
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