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Mild Weather Boosts Old Settlers' Spirits

Posted 8/17/2017

By Pilar MartinHALSTEAD High School’s class of 1957 was one of a number of classes represented in this year’s parade. HALSTEAD High School’s class of 1957 was one of a number of classes represented in this year’s parade.

HALSTEAD—Oh what a weekend! Old Settlers organizers had feared canceling events because of rain in the forecast, but the rain held off except for Wednesday night and a few drops during the Grand Parade on Saturday morning. No events were canceled, and even the sidewalk chalk competition took place as it was raining Wednesday.

Awesome, incredible, so much fun, a great time, fantastic time, had a ball, THE Hot Shots show some spunk after winning first place in the Little Great Race for the second year in a row. THE Hot Shots show some spunk after winning first place in the Little Great Race for the second year in a row. perfect weather, and good times were some of the descriptions of the events on social media.

“The 130th annual Halstead Old Settlers was fantastic,” said Aurora Farmer, Old Settlers committee co-chair. “We had amazing weather, and above average turnout and we were very happy with all our events, old and new. We’ve had an outpouring of positive feedback.”

Wednesday started off with kid and family events such as a LEGO KEEGAN Albers, left, and Owen Farmer, could not get their turtles to move at all during the turtle races. The turtles remained stationary for several minutes. The pair had to retrieve their turtles and try again later.KEEGAN Albers, left, and Owen Farmer, could not get their turtles to move at all during the turtle races. The turtles remained stationary for several minutes. The pair had to retrieve their turtles and try again later.competition, sidewalk chalk art, and a movie on the lawn. Thursday morning the fish were biting at the river for the fishing derby, and the kids attended boot camp at the pool and a bike rodeo at the Learning Center.

As for the rest of the weekend, there was nearly everything imaginable: softball, mud volleyball, archery, horseshoes, food, carnival and kiddie games, a kid rodeo, cow patty bingo, mud run, car show, grand parade, food, turtle races, the great race and youth great race, food, live music, karaoke, planes flying over, fun run, free swimming, vendors, food, a musical production, community church service, yoga, clowns, a community picnic and fireworks. And there was an all-school alumni reunion with over 500 in attendance.

There was even a marriage proposal on the suspension bridge, the first on the newly renovated bridge at Riverside Park.

It was a perfect weekend. Some said the crowds for the parade were the biggest they have seen in years. Food vendors sold out. Music cranked Friday and Saturday night while revelers danced and sang. There was even karaoke before the band started to play on Saturday night.

“Thank you to our community for sponsoring, volunteering and showing up to celebrate,” Farmer said. “Planning is underway for next year.”