DERRY — They are still a "well-oiled machine," according to organizers of this year's Derryfest celebration.

The annual community event is set for Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MacGregor Park on East Broadway. The rain date is Sept. 19.

The committee has been meeting regularly to put the finishing touches on this year's "Come Home to Derry" event — the 21st annual — which includes the Derry Village Rotary Club's spaghetti supper at Pinkerton Academy's senior cafe on Sept. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. — or until all the pasta is gone.

Derryfest first came to town to give the community a chance to come together with friends and neighbors and have a day of fun, food, entertainment and civic pride.

Now, decades later, the core committee is still going strong, with each member working on a specific task. But everyone gets together several times a year to make sure each piece is in place by September.

This year, booths are lining up quickly to put area businesses, community groups and organizations in the spotlight. Entertainment is being arranged for the park stage. In addition, Derryfest will host children's events and a petting zoo. The annual breakfast will be at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, across the street from the park, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. A freewill offering will be accepted with a menu of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, muffins and beverages.

Another event to coincide with Derryfest is a tennis tournament hosted by Derry Parks and Recreation and the Nutfield Community Tennis Association. Tournament action takes place Sept. 17 and 18 on the Pinkerton Academy courts. Entry deadline is Sept. 10. Call 432-6136 or e-mail John Pelkey at

The town's popular farmers market will be open on Derryfest day at the Pocket Park/Manning Street area. The market is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A "Pawfest" event takes place at the municipal parking lot on East Broadway to give pets and their owners a chance to view products, special pet events and much more.

All the day's events will be broadcast live on Derry Community Television, Channel 17.

Parking is designated at various spots around town with a shuttle service bringing visitors to the park.

For information on this year's Derryfest event, visit or call the Derryfest hot line for information at 437-8232.

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