Manchester’s Old Timers Day to be Oct.4-5

In the file photo from 2012, Caleb Walden, then 3, paints “M&M,” Cindy Sherrill’s 16-year-old stallion Saturday at Old Timer’s Day. Vendors that included fun for children were set up all around the Manchester square. In the photo at right, children spring to the street for candy thrown by parade entries as horses at the end of the parade approach. 

The first weekend of October marks the return of Old Timers Day in Manchester.

“This is our eighth year,” said OTD board member Rhonda Steele. “The older generation loves older tractors and the older cars. They can remember that from their growing up — relive that and make that connection with a younger generation.”

Events will kick off with a concert Friday at 7 p.m., with Beech Grove Bob performing. Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m. and continue until after 5 p.m.

The Small Town Hoedown, Big Town Fun-themed parade, sponsored by Al White Motors, will be at 10 a.m. on the Christmas parade route.

Performances, beginning at 11 a.m., will include Macy Tabor with Second Fret, Amanda Wood at noon, Rhythm Express Cloggers at 1 p.m., Duck River Dance Company at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist at 3 p.m., East of Nowhere at four and By Faith at 5 p.m.

Free games for adults and children begin at 11:30 a.m. There will be a petting zoo, train rides, digital scavenger hunt and ice cream eating contest, all free.

OTD founder Roger Steele said that the goal has been to make it a free event.

“As a kid it was someplace we could go and spend all day and it didn’t cost a lot of money. We try to give that back. I like to see people having a good time. I love the kid’s faces having fun,” he said.

“The older times before Facebook mean more to me.”