The Old Settlers’ Reunion in Barrett, in its 112 years, has gone from a one- day affair, always taking place on the 24th of June, to a weekend summer festival, to its present five-day celebration of summer and small town living. The 112th Barrett Old Settlers’ Reunion will be Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26 this year and a full lineup of activities has been planned for the big party.
Get in the pioneer spirit at the Gospel Sing-a-Long, Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The little white church in the country is located three miles west of Barrett on County Road 2. If you haven’t been to a gospel sing-a-long at Immanuel before, don’t worry, you don’t need to bring anything but your voice. A band, and song sheets will be provided.
Or, you might want to take in the Water Fights sponsored by the Barrett Fire Department, who is taking on all neighboring fire departments. The water gets turned on at 7:00 p.m. and yes, there will be a Powder Puff water fight as well!
On Thursday, the annual Old Settlers’ Royalty Pageant will be held at the Barrett Care Center. Note the move from the Lakeside Pavilion this year! The Pageant starts at 6:00 p.m. To register your boy or girl, call Thersia Lien at 320-491-2244.
Thursday also marks opening night for the Prairie Wind Players production of “The Nerd.” This hilarious comedy features many West Central Area alumni in the cast and crew. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with dinner served Friday and Saturday night. “The Nerd” will also have a matinee on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for general admission, but dinner theater tickets should be ordered in advance by calling 320-528-2343. Leave a message and you will be called back to confirm.
Friday dawns with garage sales all over town, all day long. Pick up maps at Farm and Home Oil. After a day of garage saling, you will want to wind down at the Ice Cream Social at the Barrett Care Center, from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30. Besides enjoying the treat, you can have your blood pressure checked for free.
Back by popular demand is the Family Friendly Barrett BBQ Bash, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 on the street between Powers Park and the Community Center. While you decide which BBQ is the best, listen to The Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys or check out Mobile M Productions and Karaoke.
Friday evening, try your luck at the Minnow Races held at the Barrett Inn starting at 6:00, and from 5:00 p.m. until midnight the Barrett Fire Department Auxiliary will be holding a Beer Garden at the Fire Hall.
Powers Park will be a great place to watch the big fireworks production starting at dusk.
If you didn’t find what you were looking for at the garage sales on Friday, you will get another chance on Saturday. Once again, pick up your map at Farm and Home Oil.
Have you ever been in a Color Run? If not, you are going to want to see the 9:00 a.m. 5K Color Run which is a fundraiser for the West Central Area Secondary School Activity Area Playground. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Call Chelle Dewey at 218-731-6968 for more information or to register.
If golf is your thing, register starting at 8:00 a.m., for the WCA Baseball Golf Day at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course, Elbow Lake. There will be a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Call Casey Stokesbary at 505-227-9506 for more information.
Brunch will be served at the Barrett Inn from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., and the Bean Bag Tourney starts at 10:00 a.m.
Bethesda Cemetery will be the site of the third annual historical Cemetery Walk at 11:00 a.m. Meet at Peace Lutheran Church for the tour, which will be held on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. as well.
Powers Park hosts much of the action the rest of Saturday. There will be vendors starting at 10:00 a.m. rides on fire trucks, Fun Jump, Inc. and a rock climbing wall at noon, free face painting at 1:00 p.m., and a Kiddie Carnival from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Drummers from around the country, calling themselves, “Sheltered Reality” will converge on Powers Park at 3:00 p.m. for a rhythmic show.
Meanwhile, in other parts of town, a non-juried Art Show will be held at the Barrett Community Center starting at 10:00 a.m. and the Legends Baseball Game gets underway at Neuman Field at 1:00 p.m. Call Eric Jenson at 320-528-2569 if you are a legend and want to play.
The 15th Annual Tractorcade will arrive from Elbow Lake around noon. The old iron will be parked at Barrett Farm Supply if you want to look, and participants will enjoy a noon lunch sponsored by Barrett Farm Supply and Farm and Home Oil.
Sonny Bartells will be playing some great music at the Barrett Lakeside Pavilion for a free show from 2:30 until 3:00 p.m.
The big Old Settlers’ Reunion Parade will wind through Barrett starting at 5:00 p.m. To enter, call Kim at 320-815-1595, Mindy at 320-630-9342, or Jodi at 320-760-1158.
The Grant County Lions will serve a Community Supper at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Community Center. Free will donations will be accepted.
And the popular “Junk FM” will play for a Street Dance from 9:00 until midnight by the Fire Hall.
There will be a Community Church Service at the Barrett Lakeside Pavilion starting at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Don Reisig will preside and the Peace Men’s Choir and Orlo Thompson will provide music.
Stick around for the famous Prairie Wind Players Chicken Dinner following church. This is a major fundraiser for Grant County’s only community theatre. There will be a pie and ice cream social following dinner sponsored by the Peace Lutheran WELCA.
If you haven’t seen “The Nerd” yet, your last chance will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
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