August 5 – OXFORD – The Masonic Homecoming Festival will take place in October as usual, but ‘the usual’ has been interrupted for two years by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last held in 2019, Masonic Homecoming will brighten up the weekend of October 7-9 this year with a celebration of the Masonic Children’s Home’s impact on the lives of young people and its contributions to the community.
Gene Purvis, professional in-house counselor and one of the event planners, said the celebration will have its familiar characteristics and some interesting changes.
“We try to expand the business every year,” he said.
There will be a food truck rodeo to provide more food choices, although guests can also sample items from the barbecue setting.
Activities will include a choo-choo train ride for the kids, rock climbing for the more athletic, and a smokehouse, an educational event hosted by the fire department.
The weekend’s activities will begin on Friday October 7 with the 24th Annual Chip Shots for Children Charlie Burton Charity Golf Tournament at the South Granville Country Club and Golf Course in Creedmoor.
Friday evening, a reception will be held on the Masonic Home campus to officially launch the festivities. There will be music throughout the evening.
An opening ceremony on Saturday morning will kick off a day of games, open houses, a barbecue contest, twisting balloons and the food truck rodeo.
At 11 o’clock. The Sanctuary and Community Parade will march from Oxford city center on College Street to the Masonic Home campus.
The return court will be presented at noon followed by lunch under The Oaks. The afternoon will be spent with tours, musical entertainment and reflections from former students at God’s Half Acre.
The day will end with the Homecoming Alumni Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Sunday will begin with a worship service at 10 a.m. The Annual General Meeting will be at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served under The Oaks from noon to 1:30 p.m.
The 10th Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival will conclude at 3 p.m.