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Oskaloosa’s Old Settlers’ Reunion banking on Sell Out

by Dennis Sharkey

In an effort to get more youth down with Old Settlers the committee is turning to a popular Lawrence act for a boost.

Sell Out, a popular cover band, has been hired to be the Friday night main event for the 112th Old Settlers’ Reunion.

Oskaloosa Old Settlers' Reunion

Old Settlers committeeman Matt Miller met with the Oskaloosa City council last month to announce the plans for the three-day annual event on the Oskaloosa square. This year’s event will be June 21-23. Like last year wristband night will be all three nights.

Sell Out is not the typical cover band. The show consists of more than just a couple of guys in their mid 40s playing Journey songs. The band consists of several members who are all in costume.

Several genres of music and generations are represented by the band members from Gene Simmons of late ‘70s Kiss to late ‘80s rocker Slash of Guns N’ Roses to pop culture cult band Devo.

Actress Marilyn…. and super hero Wonderwoman along with Lady Ga and “Tina” provide vocals.

Old Settlers committeeman Matt Miller met with the Oskaloosa City council last month to announce the plans for the three-day annual event on the Oskaloosa square. This year’s event will be June 21-23. Like last year wristband night will be all three nights.

“I think it will be excellent exposure for us,” Miller said about adding Sell Out.

Sell Out will cost the committee $3,000. That is the most money the committee has ever spent on an act. Miller said the committee was able to spend the money because of the profitable year at last year’s event.

Sell Out plays several types of covers and is a regular featured act in Lawrence and around the Midwest.

City Councilwoman Kathy Griffin is also on the committee. She told her fellow council members that Sell Out could help bring younger families to the event.

“One of the things we need to do is bring in the younger adults,” Griffin said. “That’s what we want.

“We need to get out of our comfort zone,” Griffin added. “We can’t be stagnant anymore.”

Committeewoman Cathy Dailey attributed last year’s success to the economy. She said more families are taking staycations instead of traveling.

“You don’t have to pay to park. You don’t have to pay to get in,” Dailey said.

In order to promote the Friday night show the committee has come up with another idea outside the norm for Old Settlers.

Miller said the committee is in talks with Freestate Brewery in Lawrence for an event sponsorship with radio advertising on 105.9 KLZR in Lawrence.

Included would be a roped off section in front of the stage on Friday night where Freestate Brewery beer would be sold.

Miller didn’t have a lot of the logistics figured out but said Freestate is experienced in conducting these types of events and would handle all licensing.

As of Monday the committee was still in talks with Freestate about the sponsorship.

Some council members shared some concerns about the size of the area and the ability to keep the alcohol contained to the area. Subsequently all council members said they were not opposed.

“I guess all we can say is give us a chance and see what we can do,” Miller said. “It’s going to take a lot of team work on several different fronts to make it successful but I really think it can be.”

Mayor Mike Paavola said that he has been approached by Stinky’s Bar and Grill about an outdoor area. Committeeman Gus Barnett told the council that Stinky’s would not have any issue with the beer garden. He said Stinky’s concern is the closure of Sandy’s Bar and Grill and how it will affect his bar.

“He’s worried more about the other bar being closed,” Barnett said. “He’s there to support it also.”

The council indicated that they would like to see a proposal from both Stinky’s and Freestate.

The beer garden would run from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Sell Out will play about the same time.

Food options will also expand for Old Settlers. In addition to the pork burger tent, Miller said there will be another tent that will feature a different type of menu.

Many of the other favorites will be featured including funnel cakes and the wine tent.

Sunday is usually a day of reflection but an old shoot-out by The Flint Hills Mounted Riders will be staged on Sunday afternoon at the Lucky Spur Saddle Club. The club is located on the north end of Oskaloosa.

Dailey said there is an opportunity for local groups to raise funds. She said the Jefferson County Republicans will not be operating the Saturday morning breakfast. She said another group could step in.

The carnival will begin arriving the Sunday before and parts of the square will be shut down after 6 p.m. on Monday, June 18.

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