HALSTEAD — The 130th Old Settlers festival will be held in Halstead this weekend.
Airplanes will once again play a significant part in Old Settlers Days — even appearing as a graphic on the event's buttons along with this year's theme, "Time Flies."
"Every year, we have a fly-in," said Tim Wiebe, president of Mid-America Antique Airplanes Group. "We do a flyover to start the parade there at Halstead."
Around 50 airplanes will land early Saturday morning at Halstead's airfield, located east of the intersection of Highway 50 and Halstead Road.
"It's something to witness," Wiebe said. "Everyone kind of shows up at the same time and leaves at the same time, so it's entertaining."
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be available for a donation at the airfield.
"The public is welcome to come out there and see the planes and have breakfast," Wiebe said. "It's kind of an old field, but people like to come over there and have a good time."
Pilots from around south central Kansas will be on hand to show off their aircraft, answer questions and give rides in antique and modern planes.
"It's just a whole gamut of them," Wiebe said. "Stearmans are probably the most popular ones that show up."
An abundance of activities and entertainment is planned for the weekend, including a football game Halstead High School alumni will take on Haven High School alumni at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Children can register for a fishing derby beginning at 8 a.m. Friday in Riverside Park. The Healthy Harvey Coalition will hold a bike rodeo at 1 p.m. at the Kansas Learning Center for Health, 505 Main St. in Halstead. A Superhero Boot Camp will start at 11 a.m. and a free swim will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Halstead Pool, though children must have a button or wristband to enter.
Friday evening's entertainment will include bingo, races, softball tournament, kiddie rodeo and live music performed by Adam Capps.
The softball tournament will continue Saturday, along with a car show held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Scout Park. The kiddie parade down Main Street will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the grand parade following at 10 a.m.
Children can jump on inflatables or get a train ride from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Riverside Park. Carriage rides will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the same location.
A model train show will be on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satuday in the AVI building at the corner of Spruce and Second streets.
A pet show and horseshoe tournament will both kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Park, with an archery tournament starting at the same time at Pine Park.
Turtle races will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, with kids karaoke, a video game tournament, carnival games and registration for the kiddie pedal pull starting at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday night will conclude with a street dance and musical performance by Annie Up from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Main Street, with fireworks scheduled for 10 p.m. near the river.
Sunday morning brings a golf scramble beginning at 8 a.m. at Wedgewood Golf Course. Yoga in the Park starts at 9 a.m., an interfaith church service will be held at 11 a.m. and a picnic will begin at noon in Riverside Park.
A children's production of "The Music Man" will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Halstead Community Center with a road rally family competition being held at 4 p.m. at Halstead High School.
Buttons and wristbands for Old Settlers are $5 and can be purchased at city hall, Halstead Market, Halstead Bank, Central National Bank, D'Angelo's Pizza, Rizza Liquor, the Harvey County Independent and during festival events.
For a complete schedule of events, map and more information about Old Settlers Days, visit http://www.halsteadoldsettlers.com.