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  Old Settlers’ Reunion is this weekend in Barrett

The Old Settlers’ Reunion is your classic small town summer festival, with parades, picnics, games in the park, baseball, dances, a beer garden, and lots of good things to eat! Held in Barrett every June, this year marks the 113th annual Old Settlers’ Reunion and it runs this week from Wednesday, June 21, through Sunday, June 25.

The action gets underway at Powers Park when local fire departments duel it out in Water Wars, starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Prairie Wind Players also open a five day run of “The Odd Couple”, the female version, on Wednesday evening at 7:30. Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday also, with a 2:00 p.m. matinée on Sunday. Friday and Saturday also feature dinner theater. Call 320-528-2343 for reservations.

On Thursday evening, head to the Barrett Care Center for their 50th Anniversary picnic style meal from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00. You can watch the Little Miss and Mr. Barrett Contest, also at the Barrett Care Center, starting at 6:00 p.m. Contact Thersia Lien for more information at 320-491-2244.

Garage sales, all over town, start Friday morning. Call Karen Alvstad at 320-528-2482 to be included in a listing.

After garage saling all day, you might be glad to know the beer garden opens at 4:00 p.m. near Powers Park, and the Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboys will be playing nearby from 4:00 until 8:00.

You will surely notice the wonderful smells coming from the BBQ Bash! Get your tickets and dig in from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00. Call Ashlee Carr to sign up if you cook. Just show up, if you wanna eat!

There will be minnow races at the Barrett Inn 2 1/2 starting at 6:00 p.m., and Karaoke from 7:00 until 11:00 p.m.

One of the Midwest’s most popular rock bands, In The Fields, will perform at the street dance from 9:00 p.m. until midnight. There will be a free will donation.

The sky will light up for fireworks at dusk on Friday night.

The garage sales continue on Saturday and a Color Run will get going at 9:00 a.m., with registration starting at 8:00. Call Vanessa McNamara at 218-205-7543 to pre-register.

Brunch will be served at the Barrett Inn 2 1/2 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00, and their annual Bean Bag Tourney gets started at 10:30, with registration starting at 9:00 a.m.

The Tractorcade to Barrett starts at Farm and Home Oil in Elbow Lake at 9:00 a.m., and should arrive in Barrett around noon, where there will be lunch for all drivers. Call Tom or Sandy Perry to register at 320-528-2352.

Powers Park will be full of vendors and food, starting at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday. An Art Show in the Community Center will feature the amazing “Children’s Gift to Norway” by Artorg. It must be seen to be believed. If you want to display art at the art show, call Karen Alvstad at 320-528-2482.

Baseball returns to Newman Field, in back of the Palmer Bus garage, in the form of a Home Run Derby at 10:00 a.m. Contact Lee Sykora at 320-815-7534 or Casey Stokesbarry at 507-227-9506 to register, or you can register that day on the field.

Stick around for the Baseball Legends Game, starting at 1:00 p.m. If you are a baseball legend and want to play, call Eric Jenson at 320-815-9071 to sign up.

There will be a fishing tournament sponsored by Bite Me Bait with proceeds going to Austin Olson, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Contact Aric Olson at 320-766-3211 to register, or for more information.

Learn about early Barrett history at the Cemetery Walk starting at 11:00 a.m. This will take place at the Zion/Our Saviors Cemetery just a mile west of Barrett on County Road #8. The Cemetery Walk will also take place on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

And the beer garden opens at noon!

There will be fun jumps, face painting, and more at Powers Park from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00, and the annual Old Settlers’ Reunion Parade gets underway at 5:00 p.m.

Following the parade, enjoy the Grant County Lions’ Pork Chop Supper and Silent Auction for Austin Olson.

A big, busy Saturday winds up with a Street Dance featuring Sweet Siren from 9:00 p.m. until midnight.

Unwind Sunday at the nondenominational Church Service, featuring John Zdrazil with music by Bryan Poyzer. The service will be at the Lakeside Pavilion starting at 11:00 a.m.

After church, how about a Sunday chicken dinner, served up by the Prairie Wind Players, from noon until 2:00 p.m.? Then finish up with some pie and ice cream served by the Peace WELCA.

Sonny Bartells will be playing music for listening and dancing from noon until 2:00 as well.

Then, if you haven’t seen it yet, you can finish off a great weekend at the closing performance of “The Odd Couple,” starting at 2:00 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, when you get hungry, check out food vendors: the Wrap Shack; Rainbow Concessions, and, Farm and Home.

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