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Alexander Old Settler's Day This Saturday


August 30, 2017 | View PDF

Bill and Donna Lewis are looking forward to visiting with friends and dancing at the 72nd Alexander Old Settler’s Day Celebration. The Lewis’ were chosen as the honorees for this year’s celebration.

Bill and Donna live on Donna’s family homestead in the Squaw Gap area. Bill, originally from the Sioux Pass area, married Donna on November 30, 1957, and they bought the farm from Donna’s parents in 1969. The property has been in Donna’s family since 1906. Donna’s father came from Scotland in 1903 and worked as a hired hand on a sheep farm. In 1906, her father started his own homestead, where Bill, Donna and their son currently raise cattle. Now retired, the couple enjoys visiting others in the neighborhood, dancing and going to parties.

Old Settler’s kicks off on Thursday, August 31st, with a bonfire, and picks up again on Friday, September 1st at 1PM with a chili cook-off on Main Street. To enter the cook-off, contact Barb or Jamie at 701-570-2011 or 701-770-2100.

A cornhole tournament will start at 2 on Friday at the Hi-way Lounge. Beginning at 9, catch Bill and Donna dancing to music by the Great Outdoors, a Fargo-based band playing a variety of genres.

Parade registration begins at 8AM Saturday and runs until the parade begins, at 11AM. Between 11 and 5, vendors of all kinds, including direct sellers, food purveyors, and crafters, will be set up in the Park. To set up as a vendor, call 701-828-3082.

12 noon marks the beginning of the annual barbeque in the park, where friends will have the opportunity to meet and greet with Bill and Donna Lewis. A kids carnival will be set up in the southwest corner of the park, featuring bouncy houses and other activities, from noon to 4PM. Bingo in the park, located under the covered picnic area, will run from 2 to 5, and at 2, the Hi-Way Lounge will be hosting a horseshoe tournament.

Bring your dancing boots again on Saturday, as the band Moment’s Notice will play beginning at 9. The band recently played at Sturgis, and offers something to fit everyone’s taste.

The Old Settler’s button serves as admission to all activities, and can be purchased for $2 at the Hi-Way Lounge, as well as several other locations around Alexander.


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