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119th Annual Old Settlers Celebration...Cajun Style! This year, the Halstead, Kansas, Annual Old Settlers Celebration was gonna be down-home and spicy! Think New Orleans and Mardi Gras! Think crawdads and gumbo! Think a grand ol' good time!
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Old Settlers 2006 Medallion Hunt Clues
Clues are published weekly here on this web site and in the Halstead weekly newspaper. Medallion Hunt license are just $3. A licensed winner will receive $100. Non-licensed $20. Contact Old Settlers for information about Medallion Hunt licenses and rules/guidelines.
The Medallion has been found by Dan Mueller and his niece, Shelby Wilson!
- #4 - July 27, 2006
New Orleans is East,
The Rockies are West.
Mardi Gras is fine,
But heights are best.
- #3 - July 20, 2006
Like Mardi Gras beads
With some beads gone
Keep your eye on the hunt
And it won't be long.
- #2 - July 13, 2006
If in our parade,
youd like to ride,
Medallion Hunt winner,
Cheers from the side,
Look to the future,
And look to the past,
Look for something sure to last.
- #1 - July 6, 2006
Its not in New Orleans,
Not on private property;
Its hidden in Halstead,
So hunt it properly.
Old Settlers 2006 Update
OLD SETTLERS COMMITTEE July 25, 2006 - This is a very busy time for the Old Settlers Committee as the big weekend nears. All kinds of things are being finalized.
Buttons are officially on sale at area merchants. You can purchase them at The Halstead Bank, The Old Hardware Store, Old Settlers Headquarters (204 Main), Central National Bank, Sunset Video, The Halstead Market, Conoco One Stop, DAngelos, City Hall, and Helds Gas N Groceries. The button price is still just $3 so be sure to get yours today. When you purchase your button you not only get a free barbecue dinner Saturday night, you also help to support all of the events and entertainment available during Old Settlers. Be sure to register your button at Old Settlers Headquarters for your chance to win a prize basket valued at over $200. More information on the prize basket will be available next week. The winner will be announced Saturday, August 12, 2006 during the barbecue.
Old Settlers Headquarters will be open at 204 Main from 4-6pm beginning Monday, July 31, 2006. Hours will be posted at headquarters and will increase as the festival date draws nearer. Stop in to see the merchandise available for sale, pick up a schedule of events, get information, or just visit.
The Grand Parade will roll East on 6th to Main Street, North on Main to 2nd, West on 2nd to Chestnut, then South on Chestnut. Anyone interested in participating in the parade needs to register Saturday morning, August 12th at the Halstead Middle School at 8:00am. There is no fee to register. Any changes to the parade route or registration location will be posted on the website and at Headquarters.
Making its 2nd appearance at Old Settlers this year is the Pie Eating Contest. This event is hosted by the Halstead Historical Society and will be held Saturday, August 12th at 4pm. Contestants will be divided into 2 divisions-adult and child. Who will be Halsteads new pie eating champion? Will Fire Chief Jim be able to Squeek by the competition? Come on out and see for yourself. The 1st Annual Old Settlers Festival Cake Decorating Contest sponsored by Zoglman Party & Events is a new edition to the festival line-up. There will be 3 divisions: Children 2-17; Amateur Adults with no decorating classes or professional experience; and Professional Adults who have had some type of professional training. Pre-registration for the event is required by Saturday, August 5th. The public will vote for their favorite during Old Settlers. Votes will be tallied on Saturday with the cash prizes being awarded that night during the barbecue. For more information visit Zoglman Party & Events 139 Main.
Be sure to check out the Shakeys 500 Mini RC Races. This event is open to everyone and racers will be grouped according to age. The mini RC cars can be purchased at Shakeys for $15 and you can decorate it however you want. Racers can hone their skills at Shakeys on Monday nights prior to the Qualifying Rounds which will be held Thursday and Friday August 10th and 11th at 8pm. Finals will take place Saturday, August 12th at 3pm. These races will be held at Shakeys 221 Main.
Finally, mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5th. This is the date for the Old Settlers Fishing Derby sponsored by Rizza Retail Liquor and The Mix Shop. Registration will be at 8:00am at Riverside Park and the derby will start at 8:30am. Contact Steve Rizza for more information.
If you are a crafter or you know a crafter, Old Settlers wants you! We are trying to rebuild the Arts & Crafts portion of Old Settlers. Vendor forms are available on the website or call Michelle at 316-772-2751.
Old Settlers 06: Its Starting to Look Like Cajun Country
HALSTEAD Now we can put a face an alligator face with this years Old Settlers Celebration theme: Let the Good Times Roll! Mardis Gras Style.
Halstead artist Brad Wingert has unveiled the celebration logo destined for a future on buttons and T-shirts featuring a gator on guitar, a sax-jamming shrimp and, of course, a bottle of Louisiana hot sauce.
The Halstead chambers Old Settlers committee is in high gear for OS 119. Heres the latest:
- Michelle Hawkins of the committee and once of New Orleans seeks a large sponsor for the sound system, lights and stage for the eight bands that will perform. The stage will be named for the sponsoring business and have a banner displayed all three days.
- Vendor information and registration forms are out, a must for receiving a vending license from the committee to operate during the big bash that shifts downtown this Aug. 11 to 13. License fees are $150 for out-of-town for-profit food, beverage and merchandise vendors; $50 for out-of-town for-profit craft vendors; $30 for out-of-town non-profit vendors; $75 for in-town for-profit food, beverage and merchandise vendors; $25 for in-town for-profit craft vendors; and $15 for in-town non-profit vendors.
- Sponsorships are available at $1,000 for platinum level, $500 for gold, $200 for silver, $100 for bronze and $50 for individuals. Sponsors receive varying levels of T-shirts, event guide ads and buttons.
by Jim Orr, Harvey County Independent Staff
(Reprinted with permission from The Harvey County Independent)