Stanton readies for 79th Old Settlers Reunion

STANTON — Stanton residents will focus on “Big Dreams in a Small Town” as a 79-year-old tradition continues this year — the Old Settlers Reunion returns July 14, 2012.“We are celebrating a time of growth and prosperity, as well as remembering our predecessors who made it possible,” Marsha Todd, event organizer, said in a press release. Events will start at 9:15 a.m. with the bicycle, golf cart and ATV decorating contest and continue until the closing program at 7 p.m. in the community center. The downtown parade will be at 10 a.m. with reunion registration beginning right after and continuing until 4 p.m.“This is a tradition that people tend to look forward to. It is the big celebration of the year where lots of people come back and visit,” Kristi Peterson, publicity chairman, said. “Lots of reunions will be happening throughout the day and it will be a good time for people to see the things that have changed and visit with friends.”This year, Jimmy Stallings will serve as parade marshal. Those wanting to take part in the parade need to have entries turned in by 9 a.m. at the Methodist church. Judging will begin at 9:15 a.m. Judging will be based on attractiveness and artistic work and originality and use of theme. The amount of work and effort put into the float will account for up to 40 points. The floats ranked in the top three spots will be awarded a cash prize. Certificates will be presented for best non-theme float and best class reunion float. Once again, the the parade will feature a mystery. Ballots on guessing who the mystery rider is can be turned in at Stanton Drug or the community center.“We would like to see lots of involvement in the parade this year,” Peterson said. “The more we have involved the better it is.”After the parade concludes, the high school cheerleaders will host a number of games at the community center. According to Peterson, even though there are many traditions that have been kept intact, there are several new things scattered throughout the event this year. “We tried to keep lots of the same traditions, but we added a few new things too,” Peterson said. “This year the decorating of the golf carts is something new. As far as the games are concerned, this year we have added a 'tug of war' between the Stanton and Lenorah Fire Departments and area coaching staff.”In order to help preserve the memories made during the this year's reunion, local photographer Shasta Kreis will take photos of families and class reunions in the community center. There will be a chance for specialty photos, as well as regular photos. More information can be obtained by calling Kreis at 432-661-6905. In conjunction with the reunion, the Martin County Museum honors a local family. The honorees this year are the Jose and Guadalupe Villa family. There will be a reception at the museum from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tours of the museum will also be available at that time. For those wanting to see the new Martin County Hospital, tours will be available. Tours of the Connell House will be available from 11 a.m. until noon, as well. “The culmination of the event will take place with a barbecue and program at 6 p.m.,” Peterson said. The evening meal will be $10 per plate and be catered by Lester and Kim Baker. Tickets can be purchased starting at 3 p.m. in the community center. After the program, there will be a dance —sponsored by the Martin County Chamber of Commerce — outside the community center around 7 p.m.