Old Settlers Day filled with activity

Friday, June 20, 2014

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The sky was cloudy and the temperature cooler than normal June 14 for Old Settlers Day. Other parts of the state received heavy rain, but the storm held off in De Smet long enough to celebrate.


The festivities began the evening of June 13 when a free street dance in front of Wheatie’s Sports Bar featured the local band Flashback. Flashback is the new name adopted by the band Bare Bones when the original members, Eric Easton, Bill Halverson and Kent Munger, added female singer, Tracy Halperin.


June 14 activities began at 8 a.m. with a 5k and 10k run-walk sponsored by the De Smet Young Guns. The 5k drew about 50 participants, and the 10k drew 15. Winners in the 10k were Lance Cundy, first, with a time of 41.03; Sheila Schmidt, second, 47.05; and Ann Lesch, third, 48.24.


Winners in the 5k were Paul Bindert, first, with a time of 18.11, Cade Birkel, second, 22.31 and Baylor Beck, third, 22.33.


Following the adult event, a race for ages 2-12 took runners from the corner of Calumet Avenue and 4th Street to the Hazel L Meyer Memorial Library and back. Winners were Kalen Garry, first; Braden Brandreit, second; and Tory Holland, third. Many of the runners in the youth event also competed in the adult 5k.


The races went smoothly even though a couple of drivers didn’t seem to realize the barricades meant the street was closed for safety reasons during the race.


Both sides of Calumet Avenue were lined with spectators at noon to watch the parade. This year’s theme was  “It’s Going to be a Bright Sunshiny Day.” Winning parade entries were Neal Martens, best tractor, for his 1950 McCormick Farmall IH.


David Siver, best auto with the original Erwin fire truck, a 1919 Model T; Kevin Smith, best horse for his quarter horse, Bo; American Bank and Trust, most beautiful; Ward’s Store and Bakery, best parade theme; and The Crouse Clown Crew of Watertown, funniest entry.


Bouncy inflatables, face-painting, games and food booths on Calumet Avenue provided entertainment well into the afternoon.


The De Smet Volunteer Firemen’s street dance featured another local band, Powerhouse.


The weekend activities wrapped up Sunday with a Legion sponsored pancake feed at the De Smet American Legion Hall.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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