- October 02, 2013
- By Michelle Gibbons
Saturday Night on Main Street, Skinner’s Carnival, children’s activities, bands, the annual parade and so much more will take place again this year at Marengo Settlers’ Days from October 10- 14, 2013.
Melodie Bailey, Co-Chair of Settlers’ Days, Inc., said all of the Settlers’ Days events are returning this year. An Exotic Animal Show will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, on E. Washington Street. Children’s activities will be held daily and will include the carnival, Pumpkin Decorating Contest, 1-mile Kids Fun Run at Marengo Park District, Children’s Pet Parade, Petting Zoo, Barrel Tractor Rides, Tractor Pulls, Sidewalk Coloring, Saturday Night on Main Street, Water Fights and activities at Cody’s Farm. This year’s Car Show will include TJ’s Klassics at Calvin Spencer Park from 9a.m.-3p.m. on Oct. 12, with live music and food available. Cars will be judged and winners will receive trophies. An Antique Tractor display and Tractor Pulls will also be held at the park during those times.
The popular band, “Modern Day Romeos” will perform at Saturday night on Main Street for a second year on Oct. 12th.
“We had a great response last year, so we decided to bring them back,” Bailey said. “Two members of the band, Justin and Jim Wojdyla, are brothers that graduated from our very own Marengo Community High School! Also, again opening for them on the main stage is, ‘Party Doctors.’” A beer tent will be available again this year on the corner of Taylor and E. Washington Street, located near the main stage during Saturday Night on Main Street. The Settlers’ Days Parade Theme this year is “Mardi Gras.” The parade will take place at 2p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13th. Bailey said Settlers’ Days is excited to bring the popular drum line, “The Crystal Lake Strikers,” in this year. The parade will also include a children’s violin group, dancers, karate performances, singing, fire trucks, rescue vehicles, tractors and more, said Spring Ettner, Director-Parade Chair of Settlers’ Days, Inc. Following the parade, there is a Band Field Competition beginning at 4p.m. at the Rod Poppe Athletic Field, Ettner said.
“We look for someone who has been a pillar of the community,” Ettner said. “Someone who has contributed their time and talents to better the community.” Settlers’ Days is run by the Settlers’ Days Committee through donations raised. Committee members include: Ben Broughton, Co-Chair, Century 21 New Heritage; Melodie Bailey, Co-Chair, Century 21 New Heritage; Kathy Sonntag, Treasurer, Prairie Community Bank; Gail Hayes, Secretary; Jon Hayes, Director, Café 20 restaurant; Robert Levin, Director; Spring Ettner, Director-Parade Chair; Adam Johnson, Saturday Night on Main Street Chair and Executive Director of Marengo Main Street; and Jennifer Haas, Prince and Princess and Queen Chair, Marengo Methodist Church PDO Preschool and Childcare Center. Last year, the committee raised $4,275, Sonntag said. As of press time on September 9, 2013, the committee raised $2,320.
“Settlers’ Days is run totally by donations,” Sonntag said.
General donations, or donations to a specific event/activity, can be made to Settlers’ Days, P.O. Box 42, Marengo, IL 60152. The Settlers’ Days schedule of events and carnival bracelets can be picked up at Castle Bank, Century 21, Prairie Community Bank, the Marengo- Union Chamber office or Country Insurance. For more information, visit at www.settlersdays.com.