The North Bend Eagle

 
Some youngsters prepare to receive candy thrown from the Old Settlers parade last year. Old Settlers 2022 is June 24-26.

Old Settlers just around the bend

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/8/22

NORTH BEND – The calendar has flipped to June, summer is here, and Old Settlers is right around the corner.

The full schedule for the June 24-26 weekend is posted at NorthBendNE.com and will be published in next week’s Eagle.

Perhaps the most significant change to Old Settlers will be the way the DC Lynch Carnival – an Old Settlers staple since 1983 – handles ride tickets.

This year arm bands or bracelets will be sold that will allow unlimited rides for that day. Arm bands will be sold for $25 on Friday and Sunday and $30 for Saturday. Individual tickets will also be sold at the carnival for people that might just want to do a ride or two. Fifteen tickets will be sold for $10. All rides take more than one ticket.

There will be no advance sales of tickets or arm bands this year.

One traditional event that will not take place this year is the Saturday afternoon kiddie parade, as the former sponsor stepped down and there is no one to run it.

Here are a few things that take advance planning or registration prior to Old Settlers weekend for you to be considering in the next few weeks:

PITCH TOURNAMENT: A new event this year is a 13-point pitch tournament noon Saturday at the VFW hall. Register by calling organizer Carry Gerke at 402-317-9500. Winners will receive a cash prize plus designate a portion of the proceeds to their choice of some preselected charities.

OLD SETTLERS ROAD RUN: The run, with 5 kilometer and 1 mile run/walk divisions, will begin near the city pool Old Settlers Saturday morning. Registration forms can be found at various North Bend businesses, including sponsor Platte Valley Bank, and online at NorthBendNE.com.
If you’re not going to run, race organizer Matt Musiel is looking for some volunteers to help work at the event. E-mail him at mmusiel@lps.org if you are willing and able.

PRIDE OF THE PLATTE PHOTO EXHIBIT: Display prints of your best self-taken photos at the Pride of the Platte exhibit. Ribbons will be awarded to favorite photos based on a public vote. Photos can be any size, but 8x10 or larger is recommended for ease of viewing. Pictures can be dropped off at the Eagle anytime before Old Settlers. See here for more information.

OLD SETTLERS GOLF SCRAMBLE: Register for this four-man scramble by contacting the North Bend Golf Course. The tournament will have tee times from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

CORNHOLD TOURNAMENT: The third annual Old Settlers Cornhole Tournament will be Saturday afternoon. The field will be limited to the first 32 two-person teams to register, which can be done by e-mailing NorthBendBags@gmail.com.

OLD SETTLERS CRAFT FAIR: The third annual craft fair will be Saturday morning in the park featuring homemade items, gifts, decor and more. If you have a crafting side gig and would like to reserve a vendor table, contact Randi Mimick at 507-829-9686. Proceeds go to support the NBC cheer and dance teams.

KICKBALL TOURNAMENT: Sign up your kickball team for this all-ages tournament by contacting Cheryl Wietfeld at Platte Valley Bank or Carol Emanuel at 402-720-4950. The tournament is on Old Settlers Saturday.

OLD SETTLERS CAR SHOW: The car show returns downtown mid-day Saturday. Shine up and show off your car or vehicle. Register the day of the show between 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the North Bend Fire Department.

OLD SETTLERS PARADE: One of the highlights of Old Settlers Sunday runs through town from the high school to the city park starting at 2 p.m. Cash prizes go to the best business and organization floats. No preregistration required. Register during staging in the NBC parking lot from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

ADULT TRACTOR PULL: Although it requires no prior registration or preparation (besides all the squats and lunges you will want to do in to get yourself it peak peddling shape) another new event this year will be the adult tractor pull. It will take place on Locust Street by the park at about 3:30 Saturday following the kiddie tractor pull. Pullers will pedal an adult-sized kiddie-style tractor as far as they can.

FUNDS: To help keep Old Settlers top notch, donation buckets have been placed at various businesses to support the Saturday night fireworks show.

Old Settlers is also expanding its entertainment offerings by bringing in bands every night – more details on that in next week’s Eagle. To help keep the bands free to watch without charging a cover, the planning committee has set up an account at GoFundMe.com under Dodge County Old Settlers to accept any contributions from the public to help make 2022 Old Settlers an event to remember.

 

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