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The Y2K Bug shows up at the Hancock Old Home Days parade, August 1999

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Hancock Old Home Days
A Local Legacy

Do you like picnics? The people of Hancock, New Hampshire, like them so much that what started as a family picnic in 1879 has grown into a picnic that includes the whole town and anyone who has ever lived there!

Hancock has celebrated Old Home Day for more than 120 years. The celebration includes the Hancock Town Picnic and a parade. In 1999, the Old Home Day parade included a Y2K Bug float! Townspeople see the gathering as a way to encourage others who have moved away to come back and visit. Apparently, other people in the state thought it was a good idea as well. Today, invitations are sent out across the country to relatives and New Hampshire descendants to return for the statewide celebration. In 1899, New Hampshire Governor Frank Rollins made Old Home Day a state holiday.

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