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July 11, 2013

'Always one of the best things we did'

For chairwoman, affection for Homecoming is deep-rooted

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As chairwoman, one of the most important tasks for Jennings has been creating the program book and she even managed to get a hold of the Homecoming’s first program book from 1957 for inspiration.

“It’s just beautiful,” Jennings said the original program book. “This is where it all started.”

This year’s Yankee Homecoming theme is “The Legends Through The Years,” which Jennings chose to help participants reflect on memories of the past chairpersons.

She’s promising a lot of fun at every one of the 24 events.

Once again kicking off the festivities will be the High School Battle of the Bands at Market Landing Park on Friday July 26. Open to high school students from 7 local towns, this year’s winners will receive a recording session at On The Fringe Studios, as well as be given the opportunity to open for one of the headlining acts at this year’s waterfront concert series which begin on Sunday, July 28. A new performer will take the stage each night of the celebration, including the B Street Bombers, Beatlejuice, Ayla Brown, Rockbottom, Country Mile Band and the Compaq Big Band.

“You see the kids, they all work together as a team,” Jennings said. “It’s a little competitive, but the kids are always good.”

The waterfront park will also be the site of Brewfest on July 27, which features the Pete Kilpatrick Band. Old-Fashioned Sunday revelers will fill the Bartlet Mall on Sunday, July 28, which will feature the return of the popular Dunk Tank this year. A family midway offering carnival games and contests will also be set-up as the Atlantic Pro Wrestling gives a family-friendly show that promises some thrills.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, Family Day at Maudslay State Park will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. before the big fireworks display kicks off at the waterfront in downtown that night.

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