SHINING COLORS — The Independence High School Color Guard performs during the Old Settler’s Day parade Saturday in Elk City. Rob Morgan | Courtesy Photo
SHINING COLORS — The Independence High School Color Guard performs during the Old Settler’s Day parade Saturday in Elk City. Rob Morgan | Courtesy Photo
The rainy weather Saturday did nothing to dampen the spirits of those attending Old Settler’s Day in Elk City. From the crowning of royalty which kicked off the event to the tunes of Retro Rockers finishing out Saturday, guests celebrated Old Settlers’ Days the best way they know how — with lots of activities, food and contests. Fair events began Friday evening with the crowning of the queen along with the princess and prince winners, a pie auction, door prize drawings, a cakewalk, the Wayne Johnson Car Show and the Farm Bureau Tractor Pull. A biscuit and gravy breakfast started the day Saturday which was followed by the Old Settlers’ parade at 10 a.m. and entertainment by Bryson Knowles. Following the parade, activities were held all throughout town including tricycle races, stick horse and broom race, sack and foot races and turtle races. Game booths were available for play along with a “find the money in the straw pile” contest. Food was no stranger to the event as a concession stand had many choices available as well as the Steak Cook Off Contest which drew many aspiring chefs to show their best grilling prowess. A medallion hunt offered a $50 prize. Other activities included a free throw shoot, laser tag games and kids inflatables. Sno-cones and popcorn were offered to all who were interested. Bingo was played, and lots of competition was found at the volleyball tournament and horseshoe pitching tournament. A Fire Safety Education booth was available Saturday afternoon as well as a watermelon feed, sponsored by Farm Bureau. The Indy Orchestra entertained guests as well as GASS, who performed during the steak feed. The always popular UMW ladies quilt show displayed many varieties of quilts, and the Power of the Past had a display at the ball field for all to view. Finishing out the event Saturday evening was the Retro Rockers. Plans have begun for next year’s celebration, stay tuned.