LONDONDERRY — It's an annual multi-day celebration to honor all things community.

And for this year's Old Home Day, it was about a return to a long-running tradition that draws big crowds to town. It concluded this past weekend with a parade, games, music and plenty of community spirit.

After last year's pandemic challenges that forced the annual celebration to include only a handful of events, this year's event came back with full force, with a crew of volunteers taking on the work.

This year's schedule included many returning favorites, including a parade, fireworks, music, senior night, Lions Club events, a road race, and baby contest.

The Saturday parade was a lead-in to a day full of fun on the Town Common, where organizations and groups set up booths to offer information, while facilities enjoyed food, games and other activities.

Londonderry's Old Home Day dates back more than a century, with this year's celebration returning to its former self after last year's pandemic challenges made the festival much smaller.

It was started in 1899 by then-Gov. Frank Rollins as a way to support local farmers and draw former residents and families back to communities to celebrate and join together.

Londonderry has continued the tradition of Old Home Day during the third weekend in August.

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