Old Settlers? crowd estimated at 5,000

More than 5,000 people attended the city of Marion?s annual Old Settlers? Day, with this year?s theme, ?100 Years of Scouting in Marion.?

As part of the festivities, and in keeping with the theme, 75 entries were received for the parade down Main Street, including 13 reunion floats from 1945 to 2005 classes in increments of five years. Many other floats commemorated Scouts, said Casey Case, one of the organizers.

Each year, he said, Old Settlers Day is billed as a class reunion weekend, and this year?s event was as good as all the others.

In addition to the parade, about 500 people ate a lunch in Central Park sponsored by the Marion Kiwanis Club.

The Marion High School band presented a concert in the park, followed by a series of games such as sack races, dashes and egg toss.

Other than a downpouring of rain, he said, most of the afternoon activities took place.

In previous years, members of the graduating classes would have introduced themselves, he said, but the rain prevented that part of the event to happen.

Prior to the parade, Marion Recreation sponsored a run at Marion County Park and Lake.

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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