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The Old Settlers Heritage Trail will showcase North Bend's history.

Centennial Old Settlers to celebrate history, present

Published 4/24/24

NORTH BEND – “A Century of Celebration” will be the theme of this summer’s Old Settlers, which is marking its centennial since it became an annual tradition in 1924.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Old Settlers Planning Committee has been meeting since last year to prepare for this year’s Old Settlers, scheduled for June 21-23, and there’s still room for more help if anyone wants to pitch in.

North Bend Old Settlers 2024

Among the special Centennial events will be the Old Settlers Heritage Trail showcasing North Bend’s history. Placards will be set up around town showing and describing historical buildings, businesses and sites that once stood proud in the community.

On Old Settlers Sunday, Judy Kleopfer, who has done much of the research for the Heritage Trail, will guide tours of town featuring stories from its earlier days.

Similarly, a self-guided cemetery tour will feature placards with pictures and stories of many of the old settlers, pioneers and pillars of the community buried in Woodland Cemetery.

Sticking with the history theme, the North Bend Area Community Foundation will host an open house at the historic Platte Valley Bank building featuring photos and highlights from North Bend’s history and the century of Old Settlers celebrations.

Another new event this year is an elementary feeder-school alumni tug-of-war tournament hearkening to the elementary field day when the “country schools” battled for supremacy.

Live music will be featured in the Chamber beer garden all three nights of Old Settlers, including The Fishheads back by popular demand on Saturday night. Angie Kriz kicks things off Friday night with some rocking polka, followed by Silas Creek.

Another tour of sorts is planned featuring barn quilts on local buildings. Anyone who has a barn quilt on their property, or is interesting in making one, can contact Patty Smith (402-669-1966) or Carry Gerke (402-317-9500). A map of the barn quilt trail will be published to encourage people to view the wide variety of barn quilts on display.

Running in conjunction with Old Settlers this year is a state and regional duck calling contest at the auditorium. Sponsored by the Grand Passage Sportsmen, the event will also feature outdoor and hunting vendors.

The featured entertainment act on Old Settlers Sunday invites spectators to feel the beat with an exhibition of drums by the Omaha Street Percussion group and the North Bend Central drum corps.

To make the Old Settlers centennial the celebration of the century, the Old Settlers Planning Committee welcomes any help it can get.
Revenue from the beer garden funds much of Old Settlers. If you would like to pitch in and work a beer garden shift, you can sign up by following the link on the Old Settlers page of

To help support the Old Settlers fireworks show, donation buckets have been set out at the Mini Mart, Casey’s, Medicine Man and Liquid Courage.

The planning committee is also seeking sponsorships of any amount to help make the weekend possible. If you or your business would like to sponsor a certain event or band, or want to hear further sponsorship options, e-mail

Major sponsorships of $1,000 or more will be listed on all Old Settlers publicity.

A full schedule of the Centennial Old Settlers will be published as the date approaches, but you can start getting excited now.


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