Old Settlers’ Day on Saturday

By Marcie Klomp

School just got out, and it’s already time for the first local town celebration of the season—Chester’s Old Settlers’ Day, Saturday, June 8.

Chester is starting a new tradition this year by having the first activity of the day begin out of town and end in town! A Fun Run/Walk of 4.3 miles is the newest event. Sign-up is at the fire station and will begin at Hayden Prairie at 10:00 a.m. Rides will be available to get from Chester to the start line.

Although it is too late to get a t-shirt, every participant will still get a goodie bag for running. You can also sign up the day of the event! Come out, and say you were part of the first fun run/walk.

After getting in your exercise for the day, spend the rest of the day browsing the many craft booths and food stands at City Park. Some of the vendors include wood products, flea market items, blankets and crafts. Food vendors include Family Fun and Fitness, Chester Community Center—walking tacos, Murphy Concessions and Chester Fire Brat Stand.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and family to enjoy the children’s carnival.

Get a commemorative button to get into all events sponsored by Partners in Progress, including the kids carnival, pedal pull, taste test at the barbecue contest and dance.

Many events start at 10:00 and continue throughout the day. The above-mentioned run/walk, crafts, food and carnival are complemented by the 10:00 Tractor Pull at CHS elevator, Firemen’s Brat Stand at the fire station and barbecue contest.

Tim’s Mobile Music will be at City Park to entertain from 11:00 until the start of the parade at 3:00.

The carnival will keep the kids busy all day with a bouncy tent, face painting, gypsy horse, Smiley Train, coin dig, Oxbow Park Animals and the balloon guy!

At 1:30 is the beginning of the Kids Power Pedal Pull, LLC Sanctioned.

Cray Insurance is sponsoring ice cream in the park to celebrate the businesses 100 years in business!

The grand parade starts at 3:00 and will feature lots of local businesses and the Grand Marshals—Carole and Roger Reicks.

Instead of chicken, the firemen are having a supper of barbecue pork sandwich with all the fixings.

Take a few hours to relax before the big dance! Luke n’ Bob Texas is a local favorite and will be playing at the Community Center from 8:00 to midnight.

It’s a full day of fun in Chester. Help support this little burg along the Upper Iowa River by attending Old Settlers’ Day June 8.

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