Old Settlers starts Friday in Fairmont

Coming up this Friday through Sunday, June 27-29, the Village of Fairmont will be celebrating its 138th annual Old Settlers Picnic. This year’s theme is “Paving the Way for Progress.”

Activities start this Friday with a kids’ movie and two-day Coed Softball Tournament.  “Who’s Bill Anyway?” takes the stage at 9 p.m., for a street dance on June 27 outside the Fairmont American Legion Club.  Event goers need to be aware that the village’s main street is currently under construction and alternate routes and parking need to be taken.

A Fun Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m., on Saturday followed by a breakfast meal and a craft fair.  The Soda Shoppe opens at the Fillmore County Historical Society Museum at 1 p.m., on June 28.  Quilt Talk! takes place at Fairview Manor at 2 p.m.  Kids’ activities on Saturday include a summer reading program activity, sidewalk chalk murals and a seventh through 12th grade camp-out.

The Fairmont Community Club sponsors the weekend.

“Be sure you plan a stop by the Museum Soda Shoppe on Saturday or Sunday,” said Shelia Lauby, Fairmont Community Club president. “Don’t let the construction on 6th Avenue (main street) keep you away.  Park beside or behind the Legion, or behind the museum.  Consider the same parking all weekend.”

Sunday’s activities begin with a Community Church Service at 11 a.m., at the Fairmont Community Church followed by a community potluck.  The Soda Shoppe will be open again on June 29. Frisbee Golf begins at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday at the softball fields.  Bingo, Water Fights (2:30 p.m.) and fire truck rides will take place during the afternoon.  A Craft Creations activity begins at 3 p.m., at the Pool Park for kids age four through sixth grade.  The pool will also be open regular hours throughout the weekend.

The “Paving the way for Progress” Community Parade will begin at 5 p.m., on Sunday and, because of ongoing construction, will be taking a new route.  The parade route will now travel west on E Street toward Fairview Manor and then turn south on 3rd Street by the Pool Park.  An announcement is also expected to take place at the Pool Park near the parade’s conclusion.  A pulled-pork meal, bounce house, USO-style Variety Show and horseshoes follow the parade.  A Fireworks Show at the softball field area in the north part of the village ends the weekend’s activities.

Lauby reminds Old Setts weekend attendees to keep lawn chairs and blankets in their vehicles for use all weekend. Event goers might want to set up shop at the softball fields on Saturday, along the parade route on Sunday and then again on June 29 for the fireworks show.

“Just come on out, relax and enjoy the festivities,” Lauby said.

A complete list of activities for this weekend can be found at the new website for the Village of Fairmont, www.fairmont-nebraska.org.  An advertisement listing activities is also inside this edition.   

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