Old Home Day set for July 22

JAMAICA — The town's annual Old Home Day will be held on Saturday, July 22. Residents, former residents, and friends and neighbors are welcome to join in this townwide celebration.

The day kicks off the Salmon Hole Dash 5K walk/run event at Jamaica State Park. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with a start time of 8 a.m. Prizes, refreshments, music, and event shirts are included. Admission to Jamaica State Park will be free all day to the public.

Old Home Day festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street, which will be full of vendors, crafts, artists, live music by the Speckers, clogging, kids games, a chili cook-off, a maple dessert tasting, a book sale, and lots of food.

The Great Jamaica Bed Race takes place at 11 a.m., followed immediately by a parade led by 106-year-old Grand Marshall Warren Patrick.

A chicken barbecue accompanied by music from the Brattleboro American Legion Band begins at noon, followed by a celebration of the town's birthday with cake and some locally famous ice cream at 1 p.m.

Also at 1 p.m., Bill Clough from the Southern Vermont Nature Museum will offer a presentation with live animals native to Southern Vermont.

The ever-popular Ducky Dash in the brook behind Main Street starts at 2 p.m.

For more information about the 5K and Old Home Day, go to www.facebook.com/Jamaica-Old-Home-Day-286973572088.

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