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Orrington to Celebrate Old Home Week July 13-21

Town of Orrington turned 225 years old on Thursday, March 21, 2013. To celebrate the special occasion, Orrington will resurrect Old Home Week from July 13 through July 21, 2013.

Old Home Week’s mission is to celebrate Orrington’s rich past, vibrant present and bright future with former residents, friends and neighbors. It will showcase the best of Orrington: their 225 year history, distinct villages, beautiful natural resources, excellent schools, numerous businesses, churches and organizations and the friendly people.

Old Home Week events will kick-off with a huge parade down Route 15 on Saturday, July 13. Other events during the week include a cannon muster, endless yard sale, home and garden tour, home decorating contest, suppers and breakfasts, photo contest, bass fishing tournament, triathlon and other sporting events, square dance, nature walks, cemetery tours, Maine Farm Days, craft fair, bluegrass concert and more!

For more information, visit www.orrington.govoffice.com

Huge Parade to Kick-Off Orrington’s 225th Celebration

The Orrington Old Home Week committee is organizing the biggest parade Orrington has ever seen! In recognition of Orrington’s 225th anniversary, the town of Orrington will present a 1.5 mile long parade along Route 15 on Saturday, July 13, 2013, starting at 11 a.m. Businesses, clubs, families, schools, neighborhoods, organizations and friends are all welcome to enter a float, vehicle, marching unit or participant. The theme is "Orrington’s Past, Present & Future." The route will start at Deer Run and will continue south on Route 15 to the PERC entrance. Set-up starts at 9 a.m. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th at 1:00 p.m.

Five prizes of $100 each will be awarded for Best Themed, Most Original, Best Business, Best Community and Best Educational participant. The judges will be at the Parade Judging Grandstand on Baker Hill (321 River Road).

There is no charge to participate. All participants must pre-register. Deadline is Monday, June 29, 2013. Entry forms are available online at www.orrington.govoffice.com and at the Orrington Town Office.

After the parade, all units are invited to continue to Center Drive School for the Post-Parade Expo. Parade participants can park their vehicles in designated areas and set up displays. This will allow guests to see the floats and vehicles up close and talk with the various groups and businesses. The Post-Parade Expo entry deadline is also June 29, 2013.

For more information, please contact Old Home Week Parade Chairperson Dick Campbell at 207-745-7748 or email dickcampbellllc@gmail.com.

Orrington Gets Dressed Up for It’s 225th Birthday Party!

The Orrington Old Home Week Committee is sponsoring a Home Decorating Contest in conjunction with Orrington’s 225th Anniversary celebration. The theme of the contest is "Orrington’s Past, Present and Future."

The contest is open to all homes and businesses with Orrington addresses. There is no entry fee, but participants must pre-register. Entry forms are available online at www.orrington.govoffice.com and at Orrington Town Hall. Entries must be received by Friday, July 5. The official judging will take place on the morning of Friday, July 12. Winners will be contacted by phone. Prizes will be awarded for First ($100 value), Second ($75 value) and Third Place ($50). Winners will also receive a souvenir T-shirt and certificate.

Now is the time to take down the faded Christmas wreath and spruce up the yard. Participants can paint, hang banners and flags, plant flowers, decorate with lawn ornaments, set up the lawn furniture, tack up the buntings, etc. Whole neighborhoods can participate, too. Homes will be judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness to theme.

For more information, please contact Old Home Week’s Home Decorating Contest Chairperson Pat Gero at 207-825-4521 or email pgero04@adelphia.net

Endless Yard Sale to Lure Treasure Hunters to Orrington

If Orrington residents are planning a yard sale this summer, they should wait until the weekend of July 19-21 to hold it. The Orrington Old Home Week committee is planning an Endless Yard Sale in conjunction with the town’s 225th anniversary. The Endless Yard Sale will take place rain or shine and will be promoted in the local media to drive bargain shoppers to all the many villages that make up the Town of Orrington.

Now is the time to clean out the closets, the garage, the basement, the attic and the shed. To participate in the Endless Yard Sale, simply register at Orrington Town Hall. The usual permit fee will be waived and sellers will receive special Old Home Week yard sale signs to alert treasure hunters to their sale. A customized map noting the locations of all the registered yard sales will be posted online and printed and distributed at local businesses.

Photography Contest Celebrates Orrington’s 225th Birthday

To celebrate the 225th anniversary of Orrington, the town is holding a very special Photography Contest. Original photos can be of any subject matter: historical, landscapes, seasons, wildlife, people, structures., etc., as long as the photo is taken in and of Orrington, Maine. Judges will look at composition, color and representation of theme. The contest is open to all ages, all skill levels. Entries are limited to 3 per person. The best 13 photos will be published in a commemorative, collectible 2014 calendar. These calendars will be available for pre-order during Old Home Week (July 13-21) and will be for sale at various locations in September.

All entries must have a title. All prints must be 8" x 10" and be matted (1.5"-3" width) with a backing. An entry form must be affixed to the center back of each entry and be accompanied by a duplicate entry form. Forms are available online at www.orrington.govoffice.com, at Town Hall and the Town Library.

All entries will be accepted at the Town Library from July 8 to 10 during regular business hours. All entries must be received by July 10. The Old Home Week Committee and Library assume no risk. The official judging will take place on Thursday, July 11. Winners will be contacted by telephone. Prizes will be awarded for first ($50), second ($25) and third place ($10). All 13 winners will receive a certificate and a calendar.

For more information, please contact Old Home Week Photography Contest Chairperson Sue Pate at 207-825-4143 or email suepate@roadrunner.com.

Antique Tractors at Curran Homestead Celebrate Orrington’s Old Home Week

Maine Antique Tractor Club members and their families will be special guests at the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum on July 20-21 for some good old-fashioned farm family fun. The Curran Homestead, located at 372 Fields Pond Road in Orrington, is participating in the 2013 Maine Open Farm Days and Orrington’s 225th birthday celebration.

Activities at the farm will include displays of vintage farm machinery and tractors, Model T and tractor-drawn rides, kids games, scavenger hunts, live music, living history storytelling and demonstrations. Kids will enjoy the many small animals and the whole family will love the barbecue at 12 noon.

For more information, contact Irv Marsters at 207-745-4426 or email irv@bangorlettershop.

Orrington Trail Riders’ Open House Swings with Bluegrass

To celebrate the 225th anniversary of Orrington, the Orrington Trail Riders snowmobile club will host an Open House on Sunday, July 14 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Join them at their clubhouse at 262 Long Hill Road in Orrington for an afternoon of bluegrass music by the band Freshly Cut Grass, picnic food, door prizes and other fun events.

Orrington Trail Riders is a Maine Snowmobile Association Club made up of families and businesses who are dedicated to the sport of snowmobiling. Their trail system consists of approximately 36 miles trails. Annually, our members dedicate more than 500 hours of time to club activities including landowner relations, trail grooming, and off-season trail maintenance. Winter activities include group day rides, a charity or benefit ride, club trips, open kitchen on weekends and a Vintage Snowmobile Ride-In. Orrington Trail Riders strive to maintain their trail system with the utmost respect for the landowners and their properties. Without the generosity of numerous Orrington landowners and landowners throughout the State, snowmobiling would not exist.

Join them on Sunday, July 14 to find out more about their mission and activities. For more information, please visit www.orringtontrailriders.com or contact Laurie LaViolette at president@orringtontrailriders.com