Marion prepares for Old Settlers? Day Sept. 26-27

?Marion County Heroes…Past and Present,? is this year?s theme for the 103rd annual Old Settlers? Day parade starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Old Settlers? Day events begin at noon Friday with a golf tournament.

Several activities planned for Saturday include a 5K run at 8 a.m., the parade, a picnic from noon until 1 p.m., games beginning at 1 p.m., a band concert at 2 p.m. and school reunion announcements.

Macky Taylor, Kiwanis Club president, said a lot of reunions are scheduled and the grand marshals include military heroes, past and present.

?This is open to basically anyone from any of the services,? she said.

For many years, Taylor said, the Kiwanis Club has put on Old Settlers? Day by organizing the parade and serving the Saturday lunch.

?We serve anywhere from 500 to 600 people,? she said, ?and after the meal are games.?

The lunch will include a sloppy joe, beans, hot dogs, potato chips, pie and drink for $7.

Along with traditional floats by various groups and organizations, Taylor said this year one lady from the class of 1934 will take part in the parade.

?She is 98 years old and still driving,? Taylor said.

The class of 1984 will celebrate their 30th reunion, and on Friday, class members are encouraged to help decorate the float at Willy J?s.

Other class reunions include the Class of 1974 with events beginning Saturday morning. According to information provided, class members are asked to meet on Walnut Street to ride in the parade.

Everyone is encouraged have lunch at the park, play games and be there for class introductions.

Reunion highlights

The Class of 1954 on Friday is planning an evening meal at the Elgin Hotel Bed & Breakfast.

The class will meet at 9 a.m. for coffee and at 10:30 a.m. will prepare for the parade. Other activities include lunch at the park, dinner and video presentation.

The Class of 1964 is having a float and members are encouraged to meet at 10:30 a.m. near Walnut Street.

For more information about other reunion events, call Phyllis Kreutziger or Marvin Meisinger.

Candy is requested for members of the Class of 1969 planning to take part in the class float.

Anyone planning to ride on the float can meet on Walnut Street.

Other activities will begin at 5 p.m. at the Marion Country Club.

For information on a Class of 1974 get-together Saturday evening, call Claire Fruechting Meredith at 918-332-6379.

The Class of 1979 is having an informal gathering at Willy J?s Friday evening at dusk.

The class will then be meeting at Danny Snelling?s house at 10 a.m. Saturday to finish up float decorations and ride in the parade.

Other activities will include lunch in the park, games, and class introductions. The dinner will be potluck-style about 6:30 p.m. and prior to that is happy hour around 5 p.m. with set up at 4:30 p.m.

Class members can either bring their own meat or chicken and steak can be purchased at the grill. The event is at the Marion County Lake Hall.

Class of 1994 activities will include riding on the parade float with dinner at 6 p.m. at Marion County Lake Hall.

For more information, call 913-269-5329.

The Class of 2004 will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Walnut Street to participate in the parade.

Following the parade, class members are encouraged to have lunch, play games and make class introductions at Central Park.

The class rented a shelter at the Marion County Lake house. Yard games will be available from 3 to 4 p.m. and a potluck dinner will begin in the early evening. Class members are asked to bring dishes according to last name. Those with last names beginning with A through I are asked to bring some sort of main dish, J-R bring a side, and S-Z bring a dessert.

Crushing cancer

As a way to help Steve Janzen with his battle against pancreatic cancer, a Crushing Cancer 5K run for Old Settlers? Day begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

According to information about Janzen?s condition, he will leaving Oct. 7 through Oct. 14 for the initial start of the chemotherapy through this clinical trial.

?The clinical trial,? Phoebe said, ?is an experimental use of a new cancer drug and it is used on cancer patients willing to participate.?

Janzen taught English at Marion Middle School for more than 30 years. For 25 years, he coached all three sports to include football, basketball and track. For the last 10 years before he retired he coached football and basketball only.

Anyone who would like to send well-wishes to Steve and Phoebe Janzen can do so by writing them at 2361 110th St., Florence, KS 66851.