This page by Jay Evans
Reminiscenses of Old Home Week
I remember the Old Home Week celebrations of the 1950's and 60's. The parades back then seemed to go on forever. High school bands from all over the area and at least a "zillion" fire trucks. The carnivals came to town and set up down the ballfield or along First Street as I recall. Who could ever forget Zuki, the snake eater? As kids we were amazed; some almost tempted to try eating a snake. Though no one dared to actually try it.
Let's not forget the homecoming queens and the controversy when your favorite contestant wasn't chosen. As kids the older girls riding in the backs of the convertibles could have passed for Miss America contestants.
I particularly remember one year (I believe it was 1968) when the men in town all grew beards or were locked up in front of the fire hall. Those were the "good old days" when the sense of community in Nanty Glo was so strong that no one ever really wanted to leave. Many who did eventually returned. I'm all for resurrecting Old Home Week!
© Jon Kennedy 1998