Greene to celebrate annual Home Day

GREENE – A frog-jumping contest, cornhole tournament, a photography show and a parade are among the highlights of the annual Greene Old Home Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day.

The day’s events will kick off with the parade at 10 a.m., which will travel west along Route 87 from the Greene Nazarene Church at Route 46 to Maplewood Elementary School and the town hall to Durst Colebrook Road.

Trustee Roy Gregory, who serves on the event’s planning committee, said the family-day celebration has been held for many years, bringing former members of the community back home.

All the day’s activities including food and contests will be held in or around Maplewood Elementary School.

Gregory said prizes will be awarded for best float, horse and decorated bike for the parade.

The frog-jumping contest, which is one of the biggest draws of the festival, is set for noon by the school. Entries and registrations are needed by 11:30 a.m.

Gregory said hundreds of people have participated in the frog-jumping contest over the year, both adults and children. Records indicate the longest series of jumps were reported at more than 190 inches. He said there will be several distance-jumping competitions and then grudge matches between two frogs inside a small ring to see which frog jumps out first.

After the contest, the frogs will be released near the creek.

The day’s activities also includes fire department water battle, miniature pony rides, music, children’s games, a pie-tasting contest, a photography contest and a vegetable and flower and garden contest.

The rural community has seen milestones in recent years, marking its 100th anniversary in 2009. The Home Day has been held for more than 100 years.