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Olathe celebrates Old Settlers Days

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OLATHE, Kan. — The 2017 Johnson County Old Settlers celebration and parade is Sept 7th through 9th.  Now in its 119th year, Johnson County Old Settlers festivities are expected to draw about 200,000.

The three-day celebration includes carnival rides, games, arts and crafts…. and even… meat on a stick!

Events run all day and evening Friday and Saturday highlighted by the largest parade in the state of Kansas Saturday, which starts at 10 a.m. More than 65, 000 people are expected come out for the parade, which has approximately 160 entries. FOX 4’s Mark Alford and Karli Ritter, Dhomonique Ricks and Mike Thompson, Loren Halifax and Pat McGonigle were there waving to the crowds Saturday morning. The emcees were FOX 4’s Nick Vasos and Kim Byrnes! FOX 4 provided a livestream of Old Settlers Parade, presented by McCarthy Auto Group. (If you were there, watch the Facebook video above to see if you can find yourself in the crowd or in the parade!)

Follow activities on the Old Settlers Days Facebook page! If you’re headed out to the festival, you can stay up to date with the latest on the weather here.

FOX 4’s Dhomonique Ricks proudly displaying her baby bump, sitting next to meteorologist Mike Thompson in the Old Settlers Day parade.

Hi Loren Halifax and Pat McGonigle!

That’s Mark Alford and Karli Ritter.

Wristband Special – Unlimited Carnival Rides for $25.00 per person from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

In the video player below, Fox 4’s Carey Wickersham takes you inside one of the vendor’s shops for a look at some of the custom gifts you can purchase.


Saturday, Sept. 9th

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Antique Auto Show
Olathe City Hall Parking Lot

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration of Old Settlers
McGilley & Frye Funeral Home

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Flower Show
Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe

10:00 AM
Kansas Largest Parade
Theme- "Super Heros- Then and Now"
Begins at Kansas Ave.and Loula

10:00am - 10:00pm
Arts & Crafts Fair
Parking Lot Chestnut St. & Santa Fe

10:00 AM
Horseshoe Pitching
Waterworks Park, Sheridan & Curtis

12:00PM-4:00 PM
Old Settlers Gabfest
McGilley & Frye Funeral Home

2:00 PM
Slide Presentation "Olathe - Then & Now"
McGilley & Frye Funeral Home

5:00 PM
Olathe Civic Band
North side of the Administration Building

5:30 PM
Ice Cream Social
Sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church
North side of the Administration building

6:30 PM
"Double Vision"- a tribute to Foreigner

8:00 PM
"Eliminator"- a tribute to ZZ Top

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