The longest-running celebration in South Dakota will take place in downtown De Smet next weekend, June 12 and 13.
It is the 131st Old Settler’s Day celebration. This old-fashioned community celebration has been a major event in eastern South Dakota over the years and is still going strong with something for all ages.
“Celebrating 50 years of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant” is the theme for the large parade that takes place at noon on Saturday.
Long-time residents and devoted editor of the De Smet News for 37 years Dale Blegan and his wife, Catherine, are honored by the community as the Grand Marshals for the Parade. De Smet’s beloved Marian Cramer will also be featured in the parade as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year and renowned historian for the area.
Included in the festivities is a street dance with the popular Dustin Evans & the Good Times band, a parade, the car, truck, motorcycle and show, concerts, vendor fair, good food and inflatables and many activities for the kids
This old “with new”- fashioned festival on De Smet’s historic Main Street brings families and friends together with fun activities for everyone.
The action-packed schedule of activities include:
Saturday, June 12:
• 10 a.m. – Noon: Old Settler’s Registration for residents who have lived in Kingsbury County over 50 years - Loftus Store
• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: “Show & Shine” Show: (at Second & Calumet Avenue) Cars/ Motorcycles/ Trucks/ Jeeps welcome; Registration at 10 a.m.; Trophies awarded.
• Noon: Parade — everyone is welcome to join in — no registration needed. (Line up begins at 11 a.m. in Wilder Pass, one-half block south of the hospital.)
• 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Craft & Vendor Fair, on Main Street by De Smet Farm Mutual Building
• 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., The ever popular “Groove Drum Line,” sponsored by De Smet Farm Mutual, performs on Main Street after the parade. There are many bouncing inflatables and activities for the kids, with all activities free, sponsored by the City of De Smet. Many food booths downtown, and shops and restaurants. City Pool has free admission.
• All Day: Historical Laura Ingalls Wilder Sites Open
• 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.: Firemen’s Street Dance with “Dustin Evans & the Good Times Band.” This is a fundraiser for the De Smet Volunteer Fire Dept.
Sunday, June 13:
• 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: American Legion Pancake Feed, American Legion Hall.
• 3 p.m.: “Billy Troy” from Nashville Concert, De Smet Events Center, tickets available, 605-854-6060
For more information about Old Settlers Day, contact Chad Kruse, 605-854-3773, www.desmetsd.com