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July 11, 2014

Celebrate 119th Old Settler's Days

Seymour will continue more than a century of tradition with the 119th Old Settler’s celebration set for Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13.

Friday will kick off with kids’ activities on the east side of the Square from 5:30-7 p.m. An inflatable carnival will also open up that evening and be open all day Saturday as well.

A cribbage tournament will be held at the Community Center at 6:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 6 p.m. A washer’s tournament will begin at 7 p.m. at Brian Johnston Field while a free gospel concert kicks off the musical entertainment for the weekend at the bandstand, featuring local musicians Mary Parker and Milton Albertson and guest group Woven Hearts.

Saturday’s events will begin early with a firefighter’s fundraiser breakfast at 6:30 a.m. at the Seymour Fire Station. A free will donation will be asked for at the breakfast. At 8 a.m. a run/walk will begin on the east side of the Square and antique tractors will be on display as well.

Car show registration will begin at 9 a.m. as well as the FFA pie contest. The opening ceremony with the national anthem will kick off the rest of the day’s festivities at 10 a.m. with the raising of the flag at the fire station and the kiddie parade happening then as well. The kids’ events will continue with kids’ races at 10:15 a.m. and a kids’ tractor pull at the bandstand at 10:45 a.m. Registration for the pull will begin at 10:30 a.m.

There will be ongoing music and entertainment all day and visitors are also encouraged to drop in at Seymour Medical Clinic between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for an open house to show off the newly refurnished facility. There will be free refreshments available as well as a gift.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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