Old Settler Days set for this weekend

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Enterprise photo by Nate Howard

Jim Marshall offered rides in his horse drawn carriage to Old Settler Days attendees such as Sue Urie during the event last year in Clyde Park.

When you start to feel that nip in the air and the summer sun starts to set a little earlier each day, then the annual Old Settlers Days festival must be near.

The town of Clyde Park hosts the celebration.

This year marks the 43rd annual Old Settlers Days. The two-day festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26.

“We want to honor and remember our heritage,” said Old Settlers Days Committee President Dolores Davis. “Many families in the Shields Valley have been established here since 1877.”

Kicking things off Saturday morning will be the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9 a.m. Registration for the run is at 8 a.m.

That will be followed by the famous Old Settlers parade.

Lineup for the event begins at 9:30 a.m. so that entries can be judged. The parade itself is at 11 a.m.

That afternoon at 4 there’s a talent show, followed by a barbecue at 6 p.m. Festivalgoers may then enjoy a dance from 7 to 11 p.m.

Also on Saturday, arts and crafts vendors will set up their wares, in keeping with the Old Settlers Days tradition of hosting roughly 45 such vendors.

Other Saturday events will include a quilt show, a car show, fiddlers, games, conversations with old-timers, and a museum display.

And festival organizers haven’t forgotten about the kids — there will be plenty of fun activities for youngsters to enjoy.

Sunday will feature an old-fashioned church community service in Holliday Park at 10 a.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. potluck in the Community Hall honoring the grand marshals.

For more information about Old Settlers Days, call President Dolores Davis at 794-7150 or Secretary Lois Olmstead at 222-7484.