Stillwater News Press

August 17, 2013

Perkins prepares for Old Settler’s Day

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Perkins will hold its annual Old Settler’s Day Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event dates back to 1923. It began as a reunion for early pioneers who settled in Perkins during the Land Run, according to event coordinator Lanae Demuth.

Events kick off at 8 a.m. with the Pistol Pete 5K.

“I know last year there were over 200 runners,” Demuth said.

She said the fun run and race brings in many spectators. The first 300 entrants receive a shirt. The race is sanctioned by DG Road Racing Championship and is officially timed.

All proceeds of the race benefit the Stillwater United Way.

Vendors open their booths at 9 a.m. with food including barbecue and craft vendors.

“There’s free games for kids,” Demuth said. “There’s a free photo booth.”

The traditional parade will be held at 11 a.m. Demuth said an estimated 2,000 people attended last year’s parade. She hopes to see a larger number this year.

The parade marshal is Betty Harper.

“She’s a longtime Perkins resident,” Demuth said.

“She’s lived here since 1959 and she’s also a school bus driver to this day. She’s been a driver since 1987.”

An empty school bus will be the site of a school supply drive at the event in Harper’s name.

Country musician Jason Savory will take the stage at 1:30 p.m.

“It’s a full band concert,” Demuth said. “We’ve always done entertainment in the past, but we get through the parade and all that, but by 1:30 and 2 p.m. people are starting to drop off so we thought that would hold people a little bit more.”

The event is free. Demuth said they are still taking vendors and parade entries free of charge.

For more information, contact Demuth at 405-714-1934 or visit www.perkinsok.net.