TIOGA - Fireworks will light up the skies to celebrate the 55th annual Tioga Old Home Day Celebration, which starts Wednesday and continues through Sunday.
The fireworks display Saturday night, by Pyrotechnico, New Castle, is expected to be a "first class display," according to event secretary/treasurer Louise Wyble.
"We have had fireworks in the past but we have never gone to the magnitude that we have done for this year," she added.
Fireworks have been a part of the celebration for at least the last ten years, Wyble said.
The theme of this year's celebration is a "Salute to Country Western," which also includes the parade, but participants don't have to enter a unit strictly using that theme, she said.
"Anyone can participate in the theme, but they don't have to, and the units will be judged the same no matter what theme they are," she added
The parade marshall will be long -time member of the Old Home Day committee, Francis Murphy, 81, but there will be no rolling pin or bowling pin throws this year, she said, and Murphy's carousel will not be available for rides.
A new event is a photo contest with proceeds from entry fees to support next year's fireworks.
The contest is open to and photos will be accepted in the following categories: "people," "nature/landscape," and "quintessential Tioga," which includes, local historical photos of people, places or things, such as covered bridge, the dams, or landscapes, she said.
Anyone wishing to enter the contest can bring photos with a $2 per photo entry fee to the Tioga Borough office during regular business hours through Tuesday. Photos will be judged during the annual Tioga Old Home Day Festival. The winner will be announced prior to the auction on Saturday. For information on photo size requirements, call Michelle at 835-5226.
The annual Old Home Day Pet Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday on Main Street and end at Broad Street where trophies and ribbons will be awarded. Entry forms are available at the Tioga Branch of Citizens and Northern Bank, at the Tioga Post Office or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events
"Standing Forgiven," a Christian women's choir from the Calvary United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Harold Benjamin and The Country Boys, Tioga, Thursday at 7 p.m.
"Showtime 2011," State Show, featuring a New Jersey dance troupe and local talent Friday at 7 p.m.
Anyone who would like to perform on stage during the Stage Show should contact Cindy for more information and/or entry forms by calling 1-609-805-2121.
East West Karate, Mansfield demonstration of self-defense techniques and gymnastics to music at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the basketball court.
Rhino Entertainment music at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights, dancing Friday night and karaoke music for singing Saturday night at the fire hall.
Barbecued chicken will be available at the Tioga Fire Department's barbecue pits on Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, until gone.
Old Home Day Parade 6 p.m. Saturday. Parade participants will line up on Summit Street at 4:30 p.m. Parade watchers can put their chairs along Main Street earlier in the day.
The Tioga County Honor Guard will hold Bingo Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. on the grounds.
An auction with new items from area merchants will be at 8 p.m. Saturday night, in the Entertainment Tent on the carnival grounds. Randy Jelliff is the auctioneer.
Fireworks Saturday immediately following the conclusion of the auction.
The event will conclude Sunday with the Community Church Service at 10 a.m. at Trinity United Presbyterian Church.
Double M Amusements of Lehighton will provide rides and games for all ages starting at 6 p.m. each evening on Rarick Drive.
For more information visit the organization's website at tiogaoldhomeday.com.