Old Settlers Day is Waynesville's oldest festival, sponsored by the Old Stagecoach Stop. The City Park, along the scenic Roubidoux Creek, is alive with fun-filled sounds and tempting aromas. It is an Ozark festival - laid back and friendly - the last Saturday with a full weekend in July. The story of this year's festival is told, in some part, by the images in the collage on the opening page. Each Old Settlers Day is unique but share common events and features.
The Opening Ceremony, which kicks off the event-filled day, begins at 10:00 a.m. and features a local luminary singing the national anthem. Master emcee Bob Hooper, a fixture for many years, stands aside.
Olivia Hammock, daughter of Waynesville Mayor Cliff Hammock, has grown up leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Local politicos add some oratory to the opening event. Cliff Hammock (left), Mayor of Waynesville, welcomes the spectators and State Representative David Day (center) gives a welcoming speech at the venerable event. Representative Day backs the festival and supports the Old Settlers Gazette. State Senator Barnitz does neither unless running for reelection.
A dignitary from nearby Fort Leonard Wood also makes an appearance. If available, the Commanding General will share a few words, as Major General William H. McCoy is doing at left.
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