BRISTOL — Bristol invites you to “Discover Our Hometown” today (July 5) through Saturday at the Bristol Homecoming.
The festival traditionally ends with fireworks Saturday evening, and organizers say that hasn’t changed.
“We still plan to have fireworks,” said Bristol Homecoming Committee President Jon Riggs.
Other signature festival events include the Bristol Homecoming Queen pageant this evening, the parade Saturday afternoon and the Pie-In-The-Face Auction, where town notables get “pied” after the parade.
Other festival favorites are back, including the Citizen of the Year award, the tractor pull, the Bristol Fruithills Race, the pie-baking contest, the youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and carnival rides and children’s activities in Congdon Park.
A corn hole tournament has been added at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot in Congdon Park. “Corn hole is popular. We think people will enjoy it,” Riggs said.
ADEC will hold a new Summer Art Bazaar, featuring artwork by clients, from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the ADEC Bristol campus, 19670 S.R. 120.
Also new are steak sandwiches by the Knights of Columbus Saturday before the parade and haystack dinners at the Masonic Lodge Friday and Saturday.
Music at the festival will cover a variety of genres. Tonight, Shock Roxy will play a selection ranging from the ’80s to today’s top contemporary artists. Sucker Punch will entertain Friday evening with music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The Heartland Country Cloggers will step up at 4 p.m. Saturday, while The Source will take the stage Saturday evening.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Book sale, Bristol Public Library, 505 W. Vistula St.
5 to 8 p.m. — Children’s activities sponsored by Bristol Homecoming Committee, Congdon Park
5 to 11 p.m. — Rides, concessions, crafts and food, Congdon Park.
5 to 11 p.m. — Wrist band day for rides, $15
7 to 9 p.m. — 2012 Citizen of the Year Award and Bristol Homecoming Queen Pageant, Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division
8 to 10 p.m. — Live music, “Shock Roxy,” in the gazebo, Congdon Park
11 p.m. — Park closes
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Hidden Treasure Sale, St. Mary’s Church, 411 W. Vistula
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Book sale, Bristol Public Library, 505 W. Vistula
Noon to 2 p.m. — Summer Art Bazaar, ADEC Bristol campus, 19670 S.R. 120
4 to 8 p.m. — Haystack dinner, Masonic Lodge
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Fish fry, American Legion, 905 Maple St.
5 to 11 p.m. — Rides, concessions, crafts and food, Congdon Park
5 to 6 p.m. — Pie-baking contest registration. Turn in pies at the homecoming trailer, Congdon Park
5 to 8 p.m. — Children’s activities sponsored by the Bristol Homecoming Committee, Congdon Park
6 to 10 p.m. — Tractor pull, West Vistula Street
6 to 6:45 p.m. — Registration 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament, 7 p.m. tournament begins (maximum age: high school senior), Cummins Park
6:15 p.m. — Pie-baking contest judging, gazebo, Congdon Park
8 to 10 p.m. – Live music, “Sucker Punch,” in the gazebo, Congdon Park
11 p.m. — Park closes
6:30 to 11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast, Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division St.
7 a.m. — Bristol Fruit Hills Classic race registration. Race starts at 8 a.m., American Legion Post 143, 905 Maple St. (for info call Gary at 312-4687)
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Hidden Treasure Sale at St Mary’s Church, 411 W. Vistula
9 a.m. — Corn hole tournament in Congdon Park parking lot
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Book sale, Bristol Public Library, 505 W. Vistula
11 a.m. to ? – Knights of Columbus steak sandwich sale, St. Mary’s Church parking lot, 411 W. Vistula
Noon to 3 p.m. — Hot dog sale at Masonic Lodge
Noon to 5 p.m. — Strawberry shortcake and ice cream, St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church, 601 E. Vistula
Noon — Line up for parade, registration at Robert Weed Plywood on Maple St.
1 p.m. — Parade judging
2 p.m. — Parade, Vistula Street
After parade to midnight — Rides, concessions, crafts and food, Congdon Park
After parade — Children’s activities sponsored by the Bristol Homecoming Committee, Congdon Park
4 to 5 p.m. — Live entertainment, “Heartland Country Cloggers ” in the gazebo, Congdon Park
4 to 8 p.m. Haystack dinner, Masonic Lodge
5:30 to 7 p.m. — Pie-in-the-Face Auction, gazebo, Congdon Park
8 p.m. — Kids bike give-away, gazebo, Congdon Park
8 p.m. – Bristol Lions Club Cutest Baby and Pet Contest voting ends
8 to 10 p.m. – Live music, “The Source,” in the gazebo, Congdon Park
Dusk — Fireworks