The 102nd annual installment of Old Settlers’ Day was Saturday in Marion, and Main St. was packed for the parade.
The parade had more than 50 entries, including a class reunion for every five years since 1938. Margaret Wegerer Debbrecht was the sole representative for the class of 1938. The class of 1973 didn’t have an official parade entry, but at least one member of the class was in the parade.
This year Old Settlers’ Day celebrated the 90th anniversary of Marion Kiwanis Club, and longtime members Leland Heidebrecht and Matt Classen were parade grand marshals.
Marion FFA won first place in the open class contest for floats. Country Lakes Café placed second, and Cub Scouts Pack 102 placed third.
The freshman class won the class float contest. The sophomore class placed second, and the junior class placed third.
After the parade, festivities moved to Central Park. Kiwanis and Marion High School Key Club members served a picnic meal of hot dogs, sloppy joes, baked beans, potato chips, and pie.
Competitors ran in sack races, three-legged races, dashes, wheelbarrow races, and egg tosses after the meal. Winners received 75 cents per race, while second and third place received 50 cents and 25 cents, respectively.
A concert by the high school and middle school bands entertained the crowd before classes having reunions were introduced. Many classes had reunion activities before and after the day’s events.
Boys, kindergarten and younger: 1. Carlos Samour; 2. Jackson Salsbury; 3. Ryker Salsbury.
Boys, 1st and 2nd grades: 1. Jack Lanning; 2. Miles Hoover; 3. Cooper Bailey.
Boys, 3rd and 4th grades: 1. Campbell Winter; 2. Jake Jost; 3. Nathan Hoffner.
Boys, 5th and 6th grades: 1. Seth Lanning; 2. Derrick Peters; 3. Will Alleven.
Men, open class: 1. Wil Case; 2. Chris Brewer; 3. Jeremy Ensey.
Girls, kindergarten and younger: 1. Bella Bartelli; 2. Gracen Dame.
Girls, 1st and 2nd grades: 1. Grace Hett; 2. Sophia Dye; 3. Paige Ensey.
Girls, 3rd and 4th grades: 1. Madison Arocha; 2. Lauren Brock; 3. Megan Smith.
Girls, 5th and 6th grades: 1. Lucy Brock; 2. Jaden Slifer; 3. Cameron White.
Women, open class: 1. Mattie King; 2. Misty Brewer; 3. Elise King.
Egg toss (all co-ed)
Eighth grade and younger: 1. Seth Lanning and Will Alleven; 2. Campbell Winter and Nathan Hoffner; 3. Caleb Lollar and Mason Hoover.
Open class: 1. Shaun Craft and Noah King.
Boys, kindergarten and younger: 1. Carlos Samour; 2. Jackson Salsbury; 3. Casen Darrow.
Boys, 1st and 2nd grades: 1. Griffin King; 2. Cooper Bailey; 3. Carter Brock.
Boys, 3rd and 4th grades: 1. Jake Jost; 2. Campbell Winter; 3. Tristen Dye.
Boys, 5th and 6th grades: 1. Seth Lanning; 2. Will Alleven; 3. Burton Harshman.
Girls, kindergarten and younger: 1. Gracen Dame; 2. Caileigh Johnson; 3. Lillias Hoch.
Girls, 1st and 2nd grades: 1. Sophia Dye; 2. Felicity Gear.
Girls, 3rd and 4th grades: 1. Lauren Brock; 2. Lauren Anderson; 3. Madison Arocha.
Girls, 5th and 6th grades: 1. Maddie Larson; 2. Lucy Brock; 3. Grace Winter.
High school co-ed: 1. Morgan Wheeler; 2. Nick Meyer; 3. Lauren McLinden
Open class co-ed: 1. Jerod Hett, 2. James Davis; 3. Shawna Johnson.
Three-legged race (all co-ed)
Kindergarten and younger: 1. Carlos Samour and Jackson Salsbury; 2. Casen Darrow and Bella Bartelli; 3. Bridget Gear and Patrick Gear.
1st and 2nd grades: 1. Jack Lanning and Cooper Bailey; 2. Sophia Dye and Felicity Gear; 3. Miles Hoover and Grif King.
3rd and 4th grades: 1. Madison Arocha and Natalie Hoffner; 2. Callie Burkholder and Charlotte James.
5th and 6th grades: 1. Chloe Burkholder and Grace Winter; 2. Cassie Meyer and Maddie Larson; 3. Zoe Parker and Keighlee Armstrong.
High school: 1. Morgan Wheeler and Lauren McLinden; 2. Nick Meyer and Jarret McLinden.
Open class: 1. Drew and Rachel Thalmann; 2. Todd Winter and Jeremy Ensey; 3. Jason Wheeler and Misty Brewer. Honorary winner: Nadine Hoch and Hannah Hoch.
Wheelbarrow race (all co-ed)
4th grade and younger: 1. Jack Lanning and Cooper Bailey; 2. Campbell Winter and Nathan Hoffner; 3. Griffin King and Miles Hoover.
5th through 8th grades: 1. Seth Lanning and Will Alleven; 2. Lucy Brock and Cameron White; 3. Luke Lanning and Burton Harshman.
Open class: 1. Chris Darrow and Jason Wheeler; 2. Jeremy Ensey and Lucas King.