Celebrating their 30th year, organizers with the Old Mining Town Days (OMTD) will host the annual event starting Friday, June 28, and concluding Sunday, June 30, with most of the activities at Dick Smith Park.
“The main purpose is to bring our community together to celebrate our town’s history and our independence,” said Mandy Culp, chairperson of the OMTD committee. “We invite all ages and there are lots of different activities.”
The event starts off at 6 p.m. Friday. Shortly after a fly-by by Steve Burnett and Friends, the National Anthem will be performed, followed by music by the Nathan McAlister Band.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the announcement of this year’s Granby Honored Citizen and Mr. and Mrs. Miner will be held.
“The community picks a citizen that they believe has helped the community, and has been involved,” Culp said about the honored citizen. “We will also be honoring one of Granby’s oldest miners, which will be held also at 6:30 p.m. Friday.”
The rest of Friday includes music, a hula-hoop contest and a carnival, which will be held each day during the event from 6-10 p.m., with wristbands available for $15. There will also be various food and craft vendors throughout the event.
The Granby Lions Club will host a 5k Walk/Run starting at 7 a.m. Saturday near city hall.
Want to see some cool cars? Then head to the Granby Ball Fields at 8 a.m. Saturday, where the cars will be displayed.
And there are some new things this year.
“Several new things this year, we have added a poker run at 10:30 a.m., with first bike out at 11 a.m.,” Culp said. “Registration will be held at the Main Street steps above the park. The fire department will be opening up a fire hydrant in front of Granby House from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday for kids to play in. We have a turtle race at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with BYOT: bring your own turtle.”
Who doesn’t love a parade? Parade entries can line up on South Main Street at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the parade begins at 2 p.m.
At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Granby’s Got Talent contest will be held — also at Dick Smith Park.
“We are excited for the talent show, we have three age categories and are still taking entries with great cash prizes,” said Culp. “Tasha Brown was first place last year.”
Contestants may enter until Tuesday, June 25, and they must pre-register.
Looking for some softball and baseball action? Then head to the ladies softball game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Granby Ball Fields. At 2 p.m., at the same location, the old-timers ball game will be held.
Music and food will also be highlighted Sunday as well at Dick Smith Park for the upcoming fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., which will end this year’s event.
“The city helped us with the fireworks this year, so we are planning a 30th anniversary fireworks display this year,” she said.