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Old Settlers Buttons

Win $200 or Royals Tickets with your Old Settlers Button!

Your purchase of a $5 Old Settlers Button could fill your pockets up just a little or get you into a KC Royals Game. The two main prizes for the button drawings this year are $200 cash or KC Royals tickets (donated by USA800).
But to enter the drawing you must have a button! Also you must be present at the drawing on Saturday at 8 p.m. to win!
So pick up your button today at Halstead Grocery, Angel's Boutique, Rizza Liquor Store, Kaleo Cafe, The Old Hardware Store, The Harvey County Independent, Studio MB, D'Angelo's Pizza or The City of Halstead.


Dancing with the Steers

old settlers logo 2012Welcome To Halstead's Old Settlers! 125 Years of Family Fun!  August  10, 11 ,12th 2012

On behalf of the City of Halstead, I welcome you to the 125th Annual Old Settlers’ celebration. Our traditional link with Halstead’s past is waiting for you, your family and your friends to enjoy each others’ company just as many of Halstead’s forbearers have done for generations.  I especially would like to welcome home those of you returning to Halstead especially for the All School Reunion.

As usual, you will find some changes in this year’s schedule. Please consult your schedule so you know exactly when and where to find all your favorite activities.  From a safety perspective, you should notice less vehicular traffic than in recent years.

Halstead childhood memories recall the anticipation and excitement of having fun during the Old Settlers’ Celebration and in turn, this fuels our Old Settlers’ tradition dating to 1888. This is who we are as a community. So, get out there and build some lifetime memories!

Enjoy our tradition.


Kevin Pyle


History has recorded many great events since 1887 – the first automobile, air travel, space exploration.  Yet one thing has remained the same. For the past 125 years, an annual event has been held in Halstead celebrating the spirit and the people of our community.

The tradition continues in August with the 125th Old Settlers festival featuring activities, games and fun. Entertainment will be provided with several bands taking the stage in Riverside Park. A Rod Run, Car Show featuring classic cars and legendary motorcycles will be held in Scout Park. Mud volleyball, golf and horse shoe tournament along with a Fun Run 5K walk/run, pie eating contest and much more will be part of the three day celebration. The event will be highlighted by a spectacular Fireworks Show display and the traditional Kiddie Parade and Grand Parade bringing many visitors to our community.

To maintain a reasonable charge for visitors and families, the cost of an Old Settlers Button (see image above) will again be $5.00 this year.

Wear your Old Settlers Button with pride: It's your Dedication, your Heritage, your Family Fun that you wear on your shirt! Your Old Settlers!

"We all feel the pinch of the economy"  Says  Fire Chief  Jim, Old Settlers Organizer . The support we get from the many individuals, the City of Halstead, and business community, shows just how special small town life is to everyone. No other community has such history and passion for celebrating their friendship with the many patrons of Halstead Kansas. Exclaimed the Fire Chief. We thank everyone involved and we invite everyone to come experience our community celebration, Halstead's Old Settlers.

Halstead's Old Settlers is the longest continuous celebration in Harvey County and is one of the longest celebrations in Kansas

Get Your Buttons Today at these Old Settlers Supporters!

Halstead Grocery    The Old Hardware Store     D'Angelo's   Kaleo Cafe   Angel's Boutique   The Harvey County Independent


Rod Run (Car Show)

Please check the Calendar for all event times and dates or Quick Print Schedule

The Old Settlers Rod Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $15 and includes an official Old Settlers button.

Car Show Awards

Spectators Choice, Top 25 Cars, Best Engine, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best of Show and Best Motorcycle.

GO and Whoa

The GO AND WHOA IS For Entertainment Only!! Face paint is welcomed or costume if you want! It’s gonna be hot so, maybe make up on the face or anything to get the judges attention! There will be a trophy for best FACE or whoever can make the crowd laugh the most! Its up to you…Hey, this is the Old Settlers Festival, lets relax and have a good time….Let it hang out for a few hours!
Go and WHOA in the park, competition starts at Scout Park (Sante Fe street) at 11:15  Aug. 13th.
Who Can Play? Must have two individuals in each vehicle, one must be a licensed driver, the passenger can be anyone you choose.
Vehicle Rules: Must have 4 wheels and at least 2 seat belts.
How far do I drive? 30 yards or so….
What Speed?  5 mph  “Slow”
More instructions will be available at the events.
Caution:  This event could cause laughter that is contagious!
Contestants please show up immediately after the parade with your vehicle and team mate north of 3rd on Santa Fe…
Look for a Car Show Representative and get signed up…….
The vehicle can be an ATV, golf cart, anything with 4 wheels and seat belts.
This is a timed event and only one vehicle will be executing the event at a time. All eyes will be on you!
Questions?  Bill Milspaugh can be reached at 316-651-7495

Kids Bicycle Drag Race

Kids Bicycle Drag Race  -  Kids Model Car Build Off 

For the kids, there will be a kids bicycle drag race and a kids model car build off. Registration for the model car build off will be available at the Independent office at 220 Main the first week of July. Their are 12 Corvettes (skill level #2)  free cars available for the build-off, so they will be given out on a first-come, first serve basis at the Independent Office. 

The build off is for those ages 7-12. Those who do not get a free model car are not completely out of the competition. Model cars can be purchased from Motor City Kansas in Wichita, 8663 West Central (SE corner Tyler & Central). Tell them you are with the Old Settlers Model Car Build Off Event. Corvette cost $8.50, you may choose any other car you wish at your expense. Paint for the cars is available at Motor City Kansas.
Please read the instructions on how much to compete at home! You must have The Build Off Instructions and have them filled out at registration! Pick up your paper work at:
The Harvey County Independent or Motor City Kansas
Prizes Given at 1:45
Questions?  Bill Millspaugh 316-651-7495
Kids Bicycle Drag Race
12:30? Or close to it --  Scout park (Santa Fe),,,Same as the Go and WHOA,,,,,,,face paint, costumes, whatever you like….Just keep cool though…..This is mainly for the kids, if an adult wants to entertain the crowd have at it…….You will be categorized by age for the race…NO MOTORIZED bicycles, people power all the way, any other kind of bicycle is ok….This is strictly for your enjoyment so have a good time.
Music will be provided by Marvin the DJ.
Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and other good food will be available from the Halstead Boy Scouts. Be Our Guest, Picnic in Our Park and enjoy some great family fun! 

For more information, call Bill Millspaugh at 316-830-2285.

Car Show
For those participating in the car show on Saturday, please meet at the high school at 520 W. 6th for parade lineup instructions. Participants will get directions at that time for Scout Park located at Third and Locust.

Music will be provided by Marvin the DJ.

Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and other good food will be available from the Halstead Boy Scouts. Be Our Guest, Picnic in Our Park and enjoy some great family fun!

For more information, call Bill Millspaugh at 316-830-2285.



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