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Old Settlers festival features Johnson County booths

The 2017 Johnson County Old Settlers celebration with crowds of people, craft and food booths, carnival rides and nightly live music, is set to return for its 119th year from Thursday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 9 in downtown Olathe.

Representatives from several county departments and agencies will be staffing the Johnson County booth with a spin-to-win wheel, offering candy and prizes for correct answers. Questions include county projects, departments and agencies, services and programs, history and careers, and other general information about Johnson County, both as a community and as a local government.

The Department of Emergency Management and Communications and the Sheriff’s Office will also have a booth during the three-day festival.

The Old Settlers celebration dates back to 1898 when residents first started gathering in downtown Olathe for a community picnic that included a band, bubble gum blowing and watermelon seed spitting contests, and sack races.

The festival’s activities now include musical entertainment, concerts, a carnival, classic auto show, arts and crafts fair, flower show, a wide assortment of food booths, an ice cream social, horseshoe pitching, traditional Gab Fest with “Old Settlers” sharing stories and memories, and much more.

The largest parade in Kansas, with a theme of “Super Heroes – Then and Now,” begins 10 a.m. on Saturday.

 Several streets around the county square will be closed during the celebration to accommodate activities, booths and the carnival. The downtown Olathe parking garage will be accessible during the three-day event.

More information about the Old Settlers festival is available online at JohnsonCountyOldSettlers.com