Halstead Old Settlers Festival

This would have been blogged awhile ago (heck, ANYTHING would have been blogged awhile ago) except for the fact that my dear husband has been a laptop hog this week 😉    He’s lucky he’s cute, that man.

Anyway.  Where was I?  Ah, yes – our trip to Scott’s hometown, where we hit up their annual town festival, Old Settlers.  We usually get there on Saturday morning, just in time to catch the parade.

After the parade there were several things going on at the town parks. We hit up Riverside Park first, taking in the petting zoo (then afterwards checking out the inflatables and vendors in the park).  The petting zoo was a definite hit.

After that we headed over to Scout Park, playing on the equipment. They have good park equipment, Doots approved 😛   We pretended we were airplanes on the merry-go-round first.

And then we had some lunch, at the Boy Scout hamburger stand (my father-in-law works that stand every year and they do pretty darn well in their sales).

Post lunch we said good-bye to grandpa and checked out the Bounce House. Now: anyone who knows my son knows he has this bizarre fear of all things inflatable. Well, I am happy to report that he is officially over this fear. He hopped right in and we had to drag him out kicking and screaming.

Then we checked out the IH Scouts on display at the Car Show. You guys: I want one. Badly. I am not sure what it is about them, but I just think they are divine and would drive one around in a heartbeat (might be tricky to outfit one with a car seat, and that stick-shift system looks a wee bit complicated, but I’d learn it I swear). And I have never seen one outside of this town festival.

For now I will just continue to pine away for one, and enjoy all the gorgeous ones on display at Old Settlers every year.

We headed back to grandma and grandpa’s house afterwards, to cool down a little and have some family time. There are a ton of other things going on during the festival that we don’t always have time to catch: softball and mud volleyball tourneys, rodeo, and a “great race” just to name a few. This year we fit in a decent amount, then finished the day by taking in a charity BBQ and petting the family’s adorable little pooches.

Pete headed back home and we visited some friends and took in the evening fireworks show. A good time was had by all, and we look forward to many years of Old Settlers weekends to come 🙂


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