All school reunion joins Old Settlers Day festivities

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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The De Smet alumni all-school reunion, which is held every five years, brought a larger than usual crowd to De Smet to celebrate this year’s Old Settlers Day weekend.

 

Many individual class reunions were also held throughout the weekend.

 

 Festivities began the morning of June 12 with the all-school reunion golf tournament at the Kingsbury County Country Club.

 

Dueling Duo Pianos, a musical comedy team from Sioux Falls, performed June 12 at the new De Smet Event and Wellness Center as a fundraiser for The Kingsbury County Cancer Walk.

 

Downtown was rocking June 12 when Wheatie’s Sports Bar and the 3rd Street Bar & Grille both featured musical entertainment.

 

On June 13, 151 people of all ages registered to run or walk in the fourth annual 5K and 10K Wilder Walk/Run. Sixty youngsters registered for the children’s run, which was one lap around the new track.

 

The theme for this year’s parade was “From Speakeasies to Hip-Hop — Music Through the Decades.”

 

Andy Close, a longtime De Smet resident, served as grand marshal.

 

Parade judges voted on 11 categories, many which were new this year. Winners were: Judge’s Choice, class of 1960; Mayor’s Choice, class of 1965; Best of Theme, class of 1963; Most Humorous, class of 1959; Most Beautiful, American Bank & Trust; Best Class Float, class of 1963; Best Musical Theme, the cast of Quarter-Ton Production’s upcoming musical “Bee Hive;” Best Horse, Shelly and Dave Stout; Best Auto, Jim Larson; Best Tractor, Rich Baier; Clowns, Crouse Clowns.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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