Fair Haven 85th Old Settlers' Picnic successful

Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
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The Fair Haven Old Settlers' Picnic day took place Saturday, June 25, at the Fair Haven Park. With perfect weather, no rain, the parade started off the day's events. There was a variety of units in the parade, including floats entered by businesses, trucks, cars, and, of course, the royalty candidates riding in convertibles.

There were a lot of collector cars and tractors in the show that followed the parade.

At 12:30 p.m. was a program that began with thanking everyone for coming out to celebrate the anniversary. Awards were given for the following:

Wylis Muehring from South Haven was the oldest man, at 84, attending.

Ruby Geisinger from Annandale was the oldest woman, at 87, attending.

At 9 days old, Sawyer Danger was the youngest attendee.

Calvin and Katie Weber, married one week, was the newest-married couple.

Ruby and Art Geisinger, married in 1941, were the longest-married couple (69-1/2 years).

Roxy Williams was the person who traveled the farthest distance to attend: 1,800 miles from Yuma, Ariz.

The royalty candidates then auctioned off their home-made goodie baskets that each had made up, filled with a variety of breads, cookies, pies, jams, etc. As a group, they chose to give the money raised, $315, to the St. Cloud Humane Society.

At 7 p.m., the coronation started with the 2008-2009 royalty Reana Orbeck, Katie Mackereth, and Jennifer Gilpatrick returning to crown the 2011-2012 royalty. Now representing the Fair Haven Old Settlers Picnic are the new Queen Allie Seth, Princess Tara Matthiesen, and Miss Congeniality Maria Donnay.

The evening ended with the Backroads Band playing 60s, 70s, and 80s music. The Fair Haven Lions served beer and food which included their famous beef sandwiches.

Brenda Newman