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  118th Annual Old Settlers - August 10-14, 2005

  Old Settlers celebration in Halstead, Kansas.  

For more information about Halstead's Old Settlers Celebration, or to offer your help or suggestions, contact:

Old Settlers Committee
P.O. Box 99
Halstead, KS 67056

Printer-Friendly Schedule of Events (Acrobat PDF 8.5x14)

Halstead 18x24 City Map GraphicBe sure to get your copy of the Halstead City Map from most local Halstead merchants!

Old Settlers offers kiddie games in Scout Park, a carnival, a midway where people of all ages can test their skills, the Rod Run car show (150 entries in 2004), a street dance featuring the band Renegade, a Fun Run, a Golf Tournament at Wedgewood Golf Course, the Grand Parade down main street, fireworks, a pet show, a fishing derby, and the famous annual Barbecue (FREE with Old Settlers button), to mention only a few of the many activities.

Attention Sponsors:

If you're interested in sponsorships for Halstead Old Settlers, complete and return our Sponsorship Form (Acrobat PDF 8.5x11)

Attention Arts & Crafts Vendors, Concessions, Entertainers & Other Vendors:

If you're interested in vending at Halstead Old Settlers, complete and return our Vendor Registration Form (Acrobat PDF 8.5x11)


118th Annual Old Settlers Medallion Hunt (Sponsored by Halstead Place Assisted Living)! The Medallion Hunt will feature weekly clues, began Wednesday, July 20th. Clues will appear every Wednesday from July 20th on this site and in the Harvey County Independent newspaper until the Medallion is found. The prize is $100 cash! To hunt for the 118th Old Settlers Medallion, you need only a $2 Medallion Hunt License and a $3 Old Settlers Button, available at local Halstead merchants, including Conoco One Stop, D’Angelos, Helds, Halstead Chiropractic, Halstead Market, City Hall, Halstead Bank, and The Old Hardware Store, for just $3. You must have both a license and button to claim the $100 prize!

Old Settlers Medallion Found!

Clue #2 (July 27)

  • Picnic inspired me, yes this is true.
  • But that would have been too obvious a clue.
  • Historically laid out the trail I do see.
  • Follow the clues, to the treasure you’ll be.
  • Walk over where Ralph Company in ’67 did toil
  • Past Sweezy’s first where today you find oil.
  • On by 93’s floods “Neighbor helping Neighbor” is proclaimed
  • On to where a Protector is named.
  • Here is a memory surrounded by stone
  • Keep moving don’t park or the path will be blown.

Clue #1 (July 20)

  • Where’s the medallion? You don’t have a clue.
  • That’s why I’m going to give them to you.
  • Listen close to this adventurous tale
  • Follow the clues to reveal the right trail.
  • Historically marked is the course that I plot
  • Remember on private land it is not.
  • No digging or climbing, no broken laws must I see
  • Or mine the treasure will continue to be.

More Picnic information and trailer118th Annual Old Settlers Celebration Marks 50th Anniversary of the Filming of the Columbia Pictures' Academy Award-Winning Film Picnic! An adaption of the William Inge stage play, Picnic was a hit with audiences and critics alike, starring William Holden, Kim Novak, Cliff Robertson, Rosalind Russell, and etc. Its pivotal scene was filmed in Riverside Park in 1955. The 2005 Old Settlers Celebration proudly remembers this part of Halstead's history! Get Picnic trivia >

More Picnic information and trailerFor well over 100 years, Halstead's Old Settlers has been celebrated by the Halstead community to recognize and give thanks for our community's heritage. Halstead's Old Settlers is the oldest continuous celebration in Harvey County, Kansas, and has been held every August, rain or shine, since 1887. It is a time to honor the past, recognize Halstead citizens for their long-standing contributions to the community, and salute the current leaders who guide our great community into the future. As in times past, Old Settlers is celebrated with parades, games, contests and social events.

We invite one and all to visit Halstead during Old Settlers and celebrate Halstead's past and future, and the 50th anniversary of the filming of the movie Picnic in Halstead!

2005 Old Settlers Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 10

10:00 AM Mega Meltdown Begins in Golden Harvest Parking Lot (Sponsored by U.S. Water News)
6:00 PM Mega Meltdown Deadline for Entries at U.S. Water News

Friday, August 12

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Kiddie Games at Scout Park (Sponsored by The Real Estate Company)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Disaster House, Ambulance, Police Car and Fire Truck Exploration (Sponsored by Halstead EMS)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Roll-Over Demonstration and Car Seat Check at Scout Park (Sponsored by Kansas Highway Patrol and Newton Medical Center)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Artie the Clown (Sponsored by Dr. Doyle Detweiler, Harvey County Internal Medicine)
11:00 AM Pedal Tractor Pull at Scout Park (Sponsored by the Charlsen Agency)
11:30 AM Kent Bohling Music and Steel Drum Band on the lawn of the Depot. Bring a sack lunch. (Sponsored by the Harvey County Independent)
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Halstead Downtown Shopping Extravaganza - Vote for your favorite Swan at downtown businesses
5:00 PM United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social at Scout Park
5:00 PM Boy Scout Hamburger Stand in Scout Park
5:00 PM Carnival Opens
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Lion's Club Bingo
6:00 PM Softball Tournament Begins at Ball Diamonds
6:00 PM Awards at Scout Park (Good Neighbor, Harold Rea, Lifetime Achievement, King & Queen, Essay Contest Winners)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dads of Dixieland band in Scout Park
7:00 - 9:00 PM Halstead Heritage Museum & Depot Open
7:00 PM The Great Race Begins on North Main Street starting with Anvil Shoot
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Swing Band with TheThe Swing Daddies in Riverside Park (Sponsored by Newton Medical Center)
8:00 PM - Midnight Street Dance with Junk Yard Dawgs SE Parking Lot 4th & Chestnut (our own Brad Wingert is a member of the Dawgs)

Saturday, August 13

6:30 AM Fun Run Registration at 1st & Main
7:30 AM 2-Mile and 5K Walk and Run Begin (Sponsored by the Halstead Bank & Kansas Learning Center for Health)
8:00 AM Softball Tournament Continues at the Ball Diamonds
8:15 AM Grand Parade Registration Begins at Halstead Middle School
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Rod Run Begins in Scout Park (Sponsored by T&B Body Shop)
9:30 AM Kiddie Parade Begins at Fifth and Main (Entries by 9 AM to be Judged)
10:00 AM Fly Over to Kick Off Grand Parade
10:00 AM Grand Parade Begins
10:00 AM Carnival Opens
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Boy Scout's Hamburger Stand in Scout Park (Dessert at 2:00 PM)
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Petting Zoo at 4th & Chestnut (Sponsored by Chisholm Trail Store)
11:00 AM Food Vendors & Craft Vendors at Chestnut between 3rd & 4th Streets
11:30 AM Pet Show in Riverside Park (Sponsored by Harvey County Independent)
12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM Free Swim at City Pool (Button Required)
12:00 Noon - 8:00 PM Lions Club Bingo at Scout Park
12:00 Noon - 9:00 PM Game Booths Open on 3rd Street North of Halstead Inn
1:00 PM Pet Show at Riverside Park (Sponsored by Harvey County Independent)
1:00 PM Horse Shoe Tournament in Riverside Park
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Games at Riverside Park
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Movie "Picnic" Playing on Main Street
1:00 PM Turtle Races at Riverside Park (Sponsored by Newton Fast Lube)
3:00 PM Pie Eating Contest at Riverside Park
3:30 PM Money Scramble at Riverside Park
4:00 PM Swan Races at Riverside Park
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Highway 50 Hammer Performing in Scout Park at the Gazebo
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM BBQ Dinner at Scout Park (Button Required) (Sponsored by Newton Medical Center, Halstead Health & Rehabilitation, Valley Hope & D'Angelo's)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Hutchinson Salt Minor's Chorus performing in Scout Park at the Gazebo
8:45 PM Torch Run
9:00 PM Fireworks at the Levee by Riverside Park

Sunday, August 14

7:00 AM 3-Person Scramble Golf Tournament Registration at Wedgewood Golf Course
8:00 AM Golf Tournament Begins (Sponsored by Halstead Chamber of Commerce)
8:00 AM Softball Tournament Continues at Ball Diamonds
11:00 AM Registration for Tractor Pull at Monsanto Agronomy Center north of Riverside Park on K-89
1:00 PM Tractor Pull at Monsanto Agronomy Center
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Carnival Open

Saturday, August 20

8:00 AM Register for Fishing Derby at Riverside Park
8:30-11:00 AM Fishing Derby at Riverside Park (Sponsored by Rizza Retail Liquor and The Mix Shop)