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July 12, 2014

Anticipation grows for Townville Old Home Days' big events

TOWNVILLE — Old Home Days saw attendees trickling in Friday afternoon — a sign of the impending mass of people anticipated by co-chairs Garold Molli and Doreen Rumzie, who said once the crowds hit, the grounds behind Maplewood Elementary School fill up in no time.

In preparation for the inevitable rush expected to accompany a sunny today, Rumzie said event volunteers prepared about 500 pounds of ox roast (an Old Home Days classic), 250 pounds of hot sausage, plenty of fresh pork, and almost 200 homemade pies in several flavors, shapes and sizes.

More than signature meals are bringing home the bacon this year, however.

There’s been quite a buzz surrounding the much-anticipated outhouse races, organized by racers Larry and Nancy Armstrong, who brought two of their own creations to the grounds Friday afternoon.

“The Armstrongs have been all about the outhouses,” Rumzie said, watching the couple wheel them onto the grounds.

Their castle and card-themed outhouse “Royal Flush,” which recently took second place in the LibertyFest 500 Outhouse Race in Franklin, was pulled up alongside their “Hillbilly Bowel Funktion Junktion,” a cabin-style outhouse decorated with antlers and plastic snakes.

“I’m anxious to see (the races) happen,” Rumzie said. “It’ll be fun.”

Townville’s outhouse races, scheduled for today at 2 p.m., focus less on speed and more on agility, Molli said.

Races feature multiple starts and stops during which a driver, accompanied by two pushers, may have to perform a toilet-related task, like put a roll of toilet paper on a plunger, Rumzie said.

“This is probably the first time anything like this has been done in Crawford County,” Molli said.

Other events, known to please a crowd in the co-chairs’ collective experience, include the parade, which travels from the Townville fire hall to Maplewood Elementary this morning, and the Children’s Frog Jump, scheduled for 5 p.m.

Though well-attended on Friday afternoons in years past, the frog jump was moved back a day this year in the hopes of drawing an even larger following, Molli said.

He and Rumzie nonetheless expect the usual batch of excited kids, whether handling the frogs adventurously or shying away from them apprehensively.

Wrap all of this up with near constant entertainment, music or otherwise, and organizers believe they have yet another recipe for a successful couple of Old Home Days.

“It’s hard to keep track of how many people we get,” Molli said, mentioning that the event charges no admission despite the high volume of people who attend each year.

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