Old Settler’s Day

Farnhamville’s annual celebration to be held Aug. 12

FARNHAMVILLE — Old Settler’s Day is getting ready to make its return to Farnhamville.

The annual celebration will be held Aug. 12.

The newest change to the town’s celebration will be what co-chair Shari Everhart described as a “Bike Ride and Fun Walk with Karilyn.”

Everhart said the walk is named after Karilyn Schleisman.

“She had cancer a couple years ago and had part of her leg amputated,” Everhart said. “She used to ride her bike all around Farnhamville.”

To show support for Schleisman, Everhart said there will be a bike ride and walk.

She said Schleisman has a special bicycle so she can continue riding despite losing her leg.

“It’s going to be a highlight in the morning,” Everhart said.

Also returning after an absence is the kids pedal pull event.

“It used to be a staple in our celebration,” she said, adding that it went away for a few years. “We’re bringing it back this year.”

Other attractions during Old Settler’s Day will be a memorabilia tent, which will have different mementos from Farnhamville’s history. There will also be a veterans’ tent.

Everhart said, during Christmas, there is a tree in town that has photos of all Farnhamville veterans, living and deceased, on the tree. But some have said they’re unable to see the tree in the winter, so they’re bringing the tree to Old Settler’s Day.

“There will be a special display of that in the park during the afternoon,” she said.

There’s also going to be an auction of a one-of-a-kind minted silver coin from the town’s 1981 centennial celebration.

Other events include a slowpitch softball tournament, a 4k fun run, a parade, car show and a pie-eating contest, which Everhart said is “pretty fun to watch.”

There’s also going to be a basketball tournament.

“We have a brand-new basketball court we just installed about three weeks ago,” Everhart said. “And we’ll have a three-on-three basketball tournament.”

There’s also going to be a photo booth, vendors, bingo and a horseshoe pitching contest.

“We’re hoping for a nice day and we’ve heard a lot of people are coming back,” Everhart said. “Our theme this year is ‘Let’s Have a Reunion.’ I think a lot of people are wanting to come back and reconnect.”

“We encourage everybody to bring a lawn chair and spend the day with us,” she added.