Community spirit

At least one thing can be said about the people of Marion: They know how to organize a good time. That was evident again Saturday during the city?s Old Settlers Day celebration. Perfect weather helped, but there was a genuine sense of fun and community as people turned out in strong numbers to mark the 150th birthday of Marion and the state of Kansas, and to enjoy the 100th rendition of Old Settlers Day itself, which the Kiwanis Club has organized pretty much from the beginning.

No offense intended for anyone else, but the Old Settlers Day parade, in addition to being the highlight of the day?s activities, is the crown jewel of parades in all of Marion County. People enjoy being a part of it, either as a member of a featured Marion High School alumni class, or entering the float competition, or even goofing around in a semi-serious way as a member of the Rube Band. This year?s lineup had 75 entries. Wow.

Congratulations, good people of Marion. Nurture the creativity, cooperation and good humor that shine forth during Old Settlers Day, and you can be assured of a bright, bright future. ?DR

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