Nichols Old Home Day

Nichols Old Home DayThe Owego Fire Department passed out fire helmets to children while driving down the street during Monday’s parade. (Photo by Jacob Elsbree)

While the 108th Nichols Old Home Day could not fend off the rain last Monday, the morning parade persisted as floats made their way down the streets of Nichols on Sept. 2. 

Every Labor Day, the Roki Community Club of Nichols holds the Old Home Day in Kirby Park, bringing the community together for fun and games. This year however, with recent storms, the park was flooded, leading them to cancel the main event. 

Nichols Old Home Day
As candy was thrown, kids, and sometimes adults, ran into the streets to collect. (Photo by Jacob Elsbree)

That didn’t stop the people of Nichols lining the streets that morning collecting candy and cheering on their community. 

Nichols Old Home Day
The Penn York Bagpipe Band filled Nichols with the sound of pipes and drums on Monday and has a new generation of members coming up to play at parades and other events within the community. (Photo by Jacob Elsbree)

Cash prizes were given out to three crowd-pleasing floats. The Tioga/Nichols Girl Scouts came in first place with its circus-themed float, Dave Kunte with Engelbert’s tractor came in second with their energetic candy throwing, and the Tioga Field Hockey Team came in third with its numbers and enthusiasm.  

Nichols Old Home Day
Even though the Kirby Band of Nichols couldn’t play during the festivities in the park, they were still able to entertain the town Monday on their red float. (Photo by Jacob Elsbree)

After the parade the Nichols Fire Department held a chicken barbecue, giving the town a chance to celebrate despite the events of the day being cancelled. 

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