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Full Slate of Activities For Old Settlers' Days

Alan and Sandra Runge chosen as Grand Marshalls of the 99th Annual Old Settler's Days Parade in Lodgepole

by Mike Motz, Sidney Sun-Telegraph

LODGEPOLE -September 2 through September 4 will be jam-packed with fun and activities for the 99th Annual Old Settler's Days in Lodgepole. On Saturday, September 2, the fun kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Old Settler's Golf Tournament. This four-person per team scramble tournament has a $200 per team entry fee and is limited to 18 teams. The event will be held at the Chappell Golf course, and for more information, or to register, call Bill Taylor at 308-250-0530 or Justin Misegadis at 308-249-5969. At 10 a.m. the Platte Valley Tractor Pull will be held. This popular event is a sanctioned truck and tractor pull and takes place on Front Street near the South Park. Registration and weigh-in starts at 8 a.m., and Jimmy L's Food Trailer will be there.

Between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Car, Motorcycle, Truck and Tractor show will be held on McBride Street north of Highway 30, with a $20 entrance fee per vehicle. The Popkorn Express Trailer will be there for refreshments. Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. the Lodgepole Community Fund Museum Fundraiser will be held, and will have a raffle plus a performance by String Fling. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. the museum will be open, and a flower show with prizes awarded will be held at the location between 3 and 4 p.m.. At 7 p.m. the 6th annual 5K Glow Fun Run event will be held. Ages 7 years and up pay a $10 entry fee. Register to run by 6:30, and the event is at Kasten's Ball Field, with the race starting at 7 p.m. All proceeds are going to benefit the Creek Valley Cheer and Dance teams. The day wraps up at 9 p.m. with "Movie Night in the Park" at North Park, sponsored by the Well Church. Popkorn Express will be there for refreshments.

Sunday September 3 starts with church services at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, followed by the Sand Volleyball Tournament at Kasten's Ball Field. It's $40 per team, with two males maximum per team. Call Justin Huff at 308-249-5946 for more information. Between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. the Museum will be open, and between 2:30 and 5 p.m. there's Bingo at the Lodgepole Community Hall. There's a $200 Blackout prize up for grabs. Between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. is the Old Settler's Committee Burger Bash, where $8 will get you a complete Hamburger or Hot Dog meal. After that comes the evening Softball Tournament, call Justin Huff at 308-249-5946 for more information. From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. is the Lodgepole Volunteer Fire Department Street Dance, with Beer Garden and a live band at the Community Hall and Victory Underground.

On Monday, the Labor Day festivities start with the Old Settler's Parade. This year's Parade Grand Marshalls are Alan and Sandra Runge. Lodgepole residents for the past 43 years, the Runge's have five children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Alan was born in Sidney and spent most of his adult life working construction, then worked for Cabela's for 13 years before retiring in 2018. He currently builds and repurposes furniture. Sandra was born in Oshkosh and moved to Lodgepole in 1980. She worked at Safeway for 13 years and then at the Post Office for some time. She has served on the Fire Department, as and EMT and on the Library Board.

Parade participants will start lining up at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start time. At 11 a.m. a free-will donation barbecue will be held at South Park, and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Women's Fellowship will be selling homemade pies. The Museum will be open after the parade, and between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. there will Pony Rides for the kids. At 1 p.m. there will be a Horseshoe Pitching competition at North Park, registration starts at 12 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the Creek Valley Cheer and Dance teams will be hosting Kid's Games in South Park. Also at 1 p.m., the South Park program starts with Country Store Drawings, String Fling, the Creek Valley Cheer and Dance teams and the winner of the 50/50 raffle will be announced.

During the weekend, concessions will be available and there will be crafters and vendors at the events. For any additional questions or for more information please contact Kacey Huff at 308-249-5926.


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