In with the new

HOLLIS – Old Home Days has always been a tradition in the community, and has always been held on the second weekend after Labor Day. However, it’s clear that the Hollis Old Home Days committee is open to everything but keeping with the “olde.”
Dave Sullivan, the chairman of the committee, said they try to improve the overall experience each year by adding new aspects all the time. Some of the differences that separate this year’s event, which was Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19, from previous proceedings, include several new vendors and demonstrators, such as weavers and blacksmiths, along with a silent auction, which was reported to be a great success.
Llamas, goats, and sheep were also among the new guests for this year’s string of events.
Sullivan was happy the weather also held out for a beautiful weekend, which added to their “record attendance” this year.
The committee, in accordance with volunteers and the community, was also able to raise money through chocolate bars that were sold for $2 each and provided every consumer with the chance of winning prizes if they received a golden ticket. These fundraising attempts helped to raise money for their annual fireworks display put on by Atlas Pyrotechnics, which concluded the celebration Saturday night.
The celebration began Friday night with tethered balloon rides, amusement park rides and a dance for teenagers.
Saturday’s events began with the annual parade, which included bands, tractors, fire trucks and horses – an enormous compilation of the Hollis town atmosphere. The “field games” then took center stage, and Sullivan specifically mentioned the Children’s Firemen Muster, a race to see who could dress up as a fireman the fastest.
Hot air balloon rides were also offered through Remax Realty agencies, and Sullivan reported that they were fortunate to have the winds die down to accommodate these excursions.
Sullivan noted that these events, funded by the community’s families and businesses, would not go on if it were not for their “great team effort.” He also specifically mentioned the efforts of the fire and police departments and the Department of Public Works to ensuring public safety during the events.
Things truly “worked out fine,” he said, and the committee is already at work planning of next year’s affairs.