3 days of festival fun are in the forecast for Hudson

HUDSON – Even though scattered showers are predicted for tonight, Priscilla Clegg still expects the sound of live music and smell of carnival food to waft over Route 102 as Hudson begins its Old Home Days.

The event, which runs through Sunday, is an annual tradition held at the Hills House to honor the town and its people. Hosted by the Hudson Historical Society, the four-day festival will also feature a variety of games and carnival rides and conclude with a large fireworks display.

“We always have a wonderful turnout,” said Clegg, president of the Hudson Historical Society and wife of Sen. Bob Clegg. “I can’t say that we’ve ever had a bad year. We’re hoping to have beautiful weather.”

Festivities run from 5-11 p.m. today and Friday. The event begins at noon and ends at 11 p.m. Saturday, and runs Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

Clegg said she enjoys the event because of the way current and former community members come out to celebrate each year.

“I see people that I have gone to school with in first grade, and sometimes the only time we see one another is at Old Home Days,” said Clegg. “Everyone comes out from the community to see what’s going on. It’s a just a nice community event.”

Old Home Days serves as a large fundraiser for the Hudson Historical Society. Proceeds go toward maintaining Hills House and preserving the town’s historical artifacts. A portion of the money is also awarded as scholarships to Alvirne High School students.

“The money that we make off this goes all toward preserving Hudson’s history, so to speak,” said Clegg.

Other highlights include a motorcycle poker run, which will be held Saturday. Participants ride around a route on motorcycles and must stop at five locations to receive cards for a poker hand. Registration for the game is between 1-3 p.m., and the last card must be picked up by 5 p.m. before the poker game begins. The $10 registration fee goes toward Moore Mart, a nonprofit program that sends care packages to troops overseas.

Clegg said last year’s event was well-received, and expects this year to have a large turnout.

In the event of showers, there are large tents to keep festivalgoers and vendors dry during games, although Clegg said she doubts everyone will be under the canopies.

“We’re going to be dancing in the rain,” said Clegg with a laugh. “It’s rain or shine, depending how much rain is going on. If it’s raining, we’ll just make our own fun.”

Parking for the event is available at Hills House for a $2 donation, and additional parking is available across the street at Alvirne High School for a $1 donation.

Clegg said she enjoys the event because of the way current and former community members come out to celebrate each year.

“I see people that I have gone to school with in first grade, and sometimes the only time we see one another is at Old Home Days,” said Clegg. “Everyone comes out from the community to see what’s going on. It’s a just a nice community event.”

Old Home Days serves as a large fundraiser for the Hudson Historical Society. Proceeds go toward maintaining Hills House and preserving the town’s historical artifacts. A portion of the money is also awarded as scholarships to Alvirne High School students.

“The money that we make off this goes all toward preserving Hudson’s history, so to speak,” said Clegg.

Other highlights include a motorcycle poker run, which will be held Saturday. Participants ride around a route on motorcycles and must stop at five locations to receive cards for a poker hand. Registration for the game is between 1-3 p.m., and the last card must be picked up by 5 p.m. before the poker game begins. The $10 registration fee goes toward Moore Mart, a nonprofit program that sends care packages to troops overseas.

Clegg said last year’s event was well-received, and expects this year to have a large turnout.

In the event of showers, there are large tents to keep festivalgoers and vendors dry during games, although Clegg said she doubts everyone will be under the canopies.

“We’re going to be dancing in the rain,” said Clegg with a laugh. “It’s rain or shine, depending how much rain is going on. If it’s raining, we’ll just make our own fun.”

Parking for the event is available at Hills House for a $2 donation, and additional parking is available across the street at Alvirne High School for a $1 donation.