Maxwell Old Settlers
Celebrating 122 years- OLD SETTLERS 2023- August 3rd through the 6th
2023: HOMECOMING- Remembering the Good Ol' Days
Old Settlers has a rich history that dates back to the late 1800's. The town of Maxwell incorporated in 1883. It came into existence as an outgrowth of the reunions held by soldiers of the Civil War and members of the Grand Army of the Republic. In August 1901 a small group of people convened in the Old Opera House in the interest of the reunions held in the park. The result of the meeting was to mark the end of the G.A.R. reunions in the park and beginning of the “Old Settlers and Homecoming Picnic” You can see more details of the history on our history page.
Since that first picnic, with few exceptions, the events have been held in early August. Events have come and gone with the times. The tractor pulls are ran by the South Story Pullers and are held on Saturday. There is a rodeo that is held by the Maxwell Rodeo Committee in adjacent to the Old Settlers event. They have held events hosting 250 cowboys on Friday and Saturday night. The scheduled events begin on Thursday night with an outdoor movie hosted by The Community Historical Society. On Friday we host a volleyball tournament, carnival opens, class reunion held, and the band starts at 9:30pm. These, along with many other events, keep the community busy. Saturday, we still kick off the day with a parade that starts at the school and runs down Main Street. The committee has hosted many events over the past year including: kidts tractor pedal pull, adult softball tournament, Old Timers game, kids ball game, fireworks, and another band is also featured every year on Saturday night. On Sunday the community churches hold a worship service in the morning followed by a luncheon at the church stand and the horse-shoe pitching follows. A car show has been hosted over the years and the committee concludes the weekend with the raffle drawing.