Clear skies and cooler temperatures brought people out in large numbers to the 37th Annual Old Settlers Day in Waynesville over the weekend. Organizer Denise Seevers told the Daily Guide an estimated more than 5,000 people showed up throughout the weekend.
A big draw for the crowds were the Civil War reenactors. Individuals in period dress could be spotted all over the park and visitors could stop and speak with them to learn the history of the Civil War in Missouri or whatever character they were playing.
The Daily Guide was on-hand Saturday and interviewed President Abraham Lincoln, as well as some reenactors about the history of one of the cannons and how it's unique to Missouri. The Abraham Lincoln video is available at www.facebook.com/WaynesvilleDailyGuide and the interview concerning the cannon is available at www.waynesvilledailyguide.com.
The Daily Guide was just one of many businesses to man a booth at the annual event. Our booth featured a shooting gallery game with water guns. Plenty of children stopped by to try their hand at shooting down the bowling pins with our water shooters and we enjoyed giving them popsicles for a prize, as well as giving away a coupon with an Old Settlers Day offer on it.
Other booths included all kinds of crafts, food, and information about organizations in Pulaski County.
There was also plenty of entertainment at Old Settlers Day, including musical groups and dancers. Video of the entertainment is also available on the Daily Guide's website.
The star attraction of Old Settlers Day this year, was the Civil War reenactments. Waynesville residents may have woken up to the sound of artillery fire Saturday morning and the loud boom of cannons could be heard throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, during the event.
The reenactors had horse mounted calvary soldiers, cannons, period rifles, and even put on a night fire artillery show Saturday evening. Visitors could wander the encampments and visit with reenactors dressed in period costume and browse goods that could have been made during that time-frame.
Organizers said they felt the event was a resounding success.