The Davis County Old Soldiers’ and Settlers’ Reunion will return in full force for its 175th season this summer.
After an abbreviated festival last summer due to COVID-19, committee member Mary Stocker said this year’s celebration on July 29-31 would include several special activities and events for the 175th anniversary.
Contests abound at the Reunion, and this year’s event will feature cornhole games and horseshoe pitching. Women and men will also be able to show off their skill in nail-driving contests.
Emphasizing days gone by, there will be a beard contest as well as a pigtail contest for both males and females.
The Buckskinners will set up in the Drakesville Park on Friday and Saturday to host rope-making demonstrations as well as give knife-throwing and tomahawk-throwing exhibitions.
The Reunion Committee is organizing a “Bucket of Junk” contest. Participants will receive buckets of junk to create sculptures, which will be auctioned at the end of the Reunion
A queen-size quilt in muted neutral colors is being anonymously donated for a raffle. The quilt has been pieced and quilted by the donor.
Avid bingo players will be able to sit in the park and play bingo on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of the Reunion.
Susie Warner is sponsoring a T-shirt designing contest for the event. See the Davis County OSSR Facebook page for details.
Maggie Smith is organizing a garden and flower show for the three-day celebration.
Warner is also creating a PowerPoint presentation of early Reunion photos. The slideshow will run continuously in the green building by the pond. Warner invites anyone who has old photos of the Reunion to share them for the presentation.
Thursday activities include the traditional Thursday-night talent show organized by Tammy King and the Little Queen Contest headed up by Becky Henderson and Madison Rushing.
Friday afternoon activities include a pedal tractor pull and baby contest.
The Reunion parade is scheduled for Friday evening. Warner said there is no theme for the parade, but the committee is hoping several entries will relate to the 175th anniversary.
Friday evening will feature team roping and the Harvest Band.
A rocking chair will be presented to the oldest soldier Friday night and to the oldest settler on Saturday night.
Saturday’s activities include the second session of the baby contest, a youth fishing tournament with Josh Batterson in charge, an afternoon tractor pull, the traditional frog jumping contest, and an evening concert by the Wilson family.