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Oskaloosa’s Old Settlers’ features sesquicentennial theme at 111th festival

The Oskaloosa square will shut down next Wednesday evening in preparation for the 111th Old Settlers’ Festival.The festival will begin on Thursday, June 23, and run through Saturday, June 25.

111th Old Settlers’ Festival.

2007 File photo from Old Settlers' Days festival

The theme is “150 Years of Kansas: To the Stars Through Difficulties” to celebrate the state’s sesquicentennial celebration.

This year’s feature event will take place Saturday night after the conclusion of the parade. The Royal Valley Native American Singers and Dancers will perform a powwow. The group consists of 78 members and they are the six-time defending champions of Battle of the Plains competition. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the east side of the courthouse.

Things will get loud Saturday morning around 10 a.m. when a civil war era cannon will be fired on the southwest corner of the courthouse square. That will be part of a living history experience presented by the 3rd Kansas Light Artillery Battery B.

The Old Settlers’ Festival would not be complete without old favorites such as the porkburger stand and the dunk tank benefiting the Jefferson County Humane Society. First District Commissioner Lynn Luck and Oskaloosa City Councilman Jim Faris are some of the local celebrities scheduled to be dunked.

The beer and wine garden tent will return this year and patrons will be entertained by local live music throughout the festival including Banner Creek Bluegrass Band on Thursday night, The Sierra Band Friday night, Acappella Unlimited on Saturday afternoon and The Secrets on Saturday night.

The festival parade will take place Saturday evening and will also feature a sesquicentennial theme with a mix of floats, antique cars and appearances by the Fort Riley Military Band and the Mounted Color Guard.

Organizers are still looking for volunteers to operate the porkburger tent. Volunteers can choose hours. If interested contact Cathy Dailey at 785-224-8822.

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