The sites and sounds of Old Settlers will be back in Monroe, as the annual community celebration kicks off Aug. 3. “Living on the Farm” is the theme for the 2017 celebration which features two nights of live music in downtown Monroe.
“The entertainment is great this year,” organizer Alicia Hansen said. “One thing that will be different is that normally Friday night, the band is set up in the street. This year it will be on the bandstand.”
Tapped to perform Friday night is Des Moines based Standing Hampton, a dynamic group who performs the best of music from the 70s, 80s and beyond. Standing Hampton is set to begin at 9 p.m.
Taking the stage Saturday night following the parade at approximately 8:30 p.m. is the Dueling Pianos of Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds. The high-energy, engaging duet plays songs for all ages and delivers a one-off-kind, unique show that gets people on their feet singing and dancing along.
A change this year during evening activities is the ability to bring alcoholic drinks into the park. The drinks will be allowed between 7 and 11 p.m.
The celebration kicks off Thursday evening with a pitch tournament at CJ’s Bar and Grill. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with pony rides, followed by the children’s parade at 6 p.m.
Back for its second year, the popular Greased Pig Contest will once again be at Madsen Field with registration starting at 6 p.m. and the contest beginning at 7 p.m. Additional activities and entertainment Friday are performances by Jazz Creation and PCM Cheerleaders, Steppin Out Dance Studio, doubles horseshoes, water fights and night volleyball.
Early risers Saturday can grab a bite to eat starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast. Registration for the Monroe Annual Micro Marathon is at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m.
Children’s activities start at 9 a.m. and include foot races, bicycle races, the money toss, frog jumping contest and, new this year, kids water fights. Also Saturday morning are the horse show pitch tournament, car show, adults bags tournament and 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Tool’s Point Park.
The afternoon slows down with performances by Steppin Out Dance Studio, the flag ceremony, cribbage tournament and recognition prizes.
The parade leads off evening activities at 7 p.m., starting at the high school, passing Monroe Elementary and weaving through downtown Monroe. Following the parade, the Kiwanians Award will be presented along with parade awards and raffle winners.
On-going activities throughout the weekend are bingo, the arts and crafts displays, raffles, food stands, registration in the park and carnival rides. Wristbands for the rides will be on sale prior to the weekend, with all pre-sale funds going back to Old Settlers. Any wristbands or tickets sold during the weekend will have funds directed to the carnival vendors.
“We are excited for people to come to Monroe and celebrate with their friends and family,” Hansen said.
A full schedule of events can be found in this week’s edition of the Monroe Legacy.
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