Bedford Olde Towne Day brings community together

Bedford is gearing up for its annual Olde Towne Day celebration, set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Sportsman’s and Riley Field complex.

Since 1994, Olde Towne Day has featured and local businesses, restaurants and organizations, bringing the community together in a festive atmosphere.

The Bedford Lions Club is again sponsoring the Kids K Race at Riley Field, located at the intersection of Nashua and County Roads. The race, set to start at noon, is in its 15th year.

Children ages 3-4 years run 50 meters and kids ages 5-6 years run 100 meters, followed by a 1K run for the 7- to 9-year-old age group and concluding with a 1K run for 10- to 12-year-olds. All racers will receive a running bib and finishing medal and trophies will be awarded to the first place boy and girl in each category. The awards are presented immediately after the race at the Lion’s registration booth.

Race registration forms are available at the library, town office and the public schools. Registration on race day at Riley Field begins at 10 a.m. The registration fee for the fun is $5, with proceeds benefiting Lions’ charities.

Other activities available for young fair-goers include a bounce house, sponsored by the Bedford Men’s Club, games, face painting and dodgeball.

A live frog jumping contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the baseball field. Trophies will be awarded in the 4-6 age group, 7-8 age group, 9-10 age group, 11-12 age group and adults.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own frogs to the contest. All frogs are to be returned to their natural habitat immediately following the contest.

Contestants place their frog in the center of the bull’s-eye and will not be allowed to touch or start their frog. Each frog will have 15 seconds to jump. The winner in each category will be determined by the distance jumped. The judges will measure the length of the jump or combination of jumps. In the case of a tie, the contestants’ frogs will jump again.

The day of fun will culminate with the Bull Frog Bounce at 3 p.m., when numbered, plastic frogs will fall from the sky – with some help from the Bedford Fire Department. Tickets for the bounce are $2 per frog or $5 for 3 frogs.

Admission for Olde Towne Day is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family and children younger than 5 are admitted free. The neon admission wristlet affords the wearer unlimited access to the activities at Sportsman’s Field. Food and drinks from the wide variety of local vendors are pay as you go.

Food booths will be open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and restaurants featured at this year’s event include Carrabbas, Weathervane and The Country’s Best Yogurt.

Between local fare and fun activities, attendees can enjoy live music at “The Stage,” and performance demonstrations by Bedford Martial Arts and Ginger Line Dancing. There also will be plenty of browsing at this year’s craft and artist section. On display and available for purchase will be wreaths, knit scarves and hats, and pastel and oil paintings.

For more information on Bedford Olde Towne Day, visit the Bedford Parks and Recreation Department website at www.bedfordreconline.com.