Marion turns out for annual Old Settlers Day

 Members of the Class of 1958 share laughs while throwing candy to waiting youngsters along Marion Street. Hundreds of people attended the city of Marion?s annual Old Settlers? Day event, with this year?s theme, ?Kiwanis Club: 90 Years of Service.?

Gene Winkler, Kiwanis Club treasurer, said the event is sponsored by their organization, but it wouldn?t be possible without donations from businesses in the city and help from USD 408.

As part of the festivities, the annual parade route went down Main Street, and included 13 reunion floats from 1938 to 2008 classes in increments of five years. Many other floats commemorated the Kiwanis Club, Boys Scouts and FFA.

Parade entry winners include first place going to the Marion High School freshmen class float; second place to the sophomores and third place went to the juniors.

 A variety of civic groups rolled through the parade as well, including Marion Boy Scout Troop 102.In the open class category, the Marion FFA float took first place; Country Lakes, second and Cub Scouts Pack 102 was third.

Money prizes were awarded in the float division with first place receiving $80, second, $50, and third place, $30.

In addition to the parade, Winkler said, lunch was provided in Central Park by Kiwanis Club members and included sloppy joes, potato chips, beans, pie and drink.

The junior and senior high bands in Marion were also represented in the parade and each received $50.

 This year?s Old Setters Day parade included 13 Marion High School class reunion floats, including one marking the 75th anniversary for the Class of 1938. ?Hillsboro and Peabody (bands) used to come over,? Winkler said, ?but not sure whether it was too costly and so they stopped.?

The Kiwanis Club also wanted to thank USD 408 for all they do to make the event successful.

?Every year FFA has a float, all the classes have floats and homecoming candidates are represented,? he said. ?If it is raining, we are also invited into the gymnasium to cook and serve lunch.

 Present and future members of the marion Fire Department drove past the waving crowd. Winkler said MCTV will be airing the parade Wednesday, Oct. 2, starting at 6 a.m. and continuing throughout the day until midnight on even hours.

Old Settlers? Day is the last Saturday in September and the traditional ?homecoming? for residents who grew up or live in Marion.

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