Hi everybody out there in Old Settlers Picnic land!

Yes, another big event in Maxwell is being planned for Aug. 2, 3 and 4. This celebration has been going on for many, many years, thanks to lots of work and planning by lots of different committees.

This year, the huge task is being handled by the Legion and the VFW organizations in Maxwell. The theme is "Country Heroes." That is a great idea to recognize and salute all veterans from all wars. All veterans are encouraged and invited to be in the parade on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. If you are a veteran, start thinking about participating in the parade. Then call committee secretary Becky Pointer, at Main Street Floral, 387-1444, to reserve seating on a parade float. Be sure to show up that morning as you all deserve the honor of being recognized!

Another thing I want to mention about veterans - at the north building of the Maxwell Museum, there is always a room recognizing veterans. It has many photos, along with uniforms, who wore those uniforms and other information. Old Settler Picnic museum hours are: Saturday after the parade until 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. On Friday, the museums are only open by request by calling Jerry White, 387-1127.

The Annual School Reunion will be held at the Community Center as usual on Friday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. This is a great time for classes to get together to visit and reminisce. Please plan to attend; get your reservations and checks turned in to Becky Pointer, 387-1444, before you forget.

The Annual Maxwell Rodeo will be held at the same time it has been since 1985 - Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 7:30.

The Old Duffers Tractor Club will be on hand again at the southwest area of the park. Be sure to come and see the tractors and visit with the "old duffers."

The Maxwell Area Church Food Stand will still be at the shelter house, which was built in the 1950s. The churches will have their usual sides and maybe some specials.

The Bill Riley Show will be back this year - on Saturday, instead of Sunday. And of course, the Dan Hartzer Band will perform Sunday.

There are many events to list, but that will have to wait until another time.

I am going to mention one more thing. We still need a group to do the dunk tank. Last year, the Collins-Maxwell High School afterprom committee did this to help with their fundraising. It seems to be a very popular event and a good time for the kids to raise some funds for next spring. Whoever is on that committee, please consider continuing that this year on the schedule of events.

I must be movin’ on … Lord willin’, I’ll be talking to you again soon. Always remember, "Don’t look down on anyone unless you are helping them up."

(Bonnie (Bowen) Schauper is a longtime Maxwell resident and has been writing these columns about the Maxwell Old Settlers celebration for many years.)