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August 1, 2013

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Vandenbulcke said there has been a lot of change on Market Square over the years, with many faces coming and going as time has gone by, but one constant all along has been his family, and his parents in particular.

“It’s always been a family affair,” Vandenbulcke said. “For years my mother and father were with me, it used to be the three of us, but now they’ve both passed on. My mother passed away this past November, so this is the first Yankee Homecoming that I don’t have either my mother or father running the stand.”

In their place, Vandenbulcke has his wife, his mother-in-law, the Halls and others to lean on, and he said many of them use their own vacation time to make the trip down for the week.

“Yankee Homecoming has been very good to us,” Vandenbulcke said. “And I’d like to think that I’ve given back by making sure we do a good job.”

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