Cooler temps benefit Old Settlers Reunion attendance



This year’s Old Settlers Reunion featured fun, games and large crowds throughout the four-day festival at Gov. Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman.

From July 31 to Aug. 3, the 117th annual event included carnival rides and games, nightly entertainment under the pavilion, bingo in the park by the Quitman-Lake Fork Kiwanis Club and various food and drinks from vendors.

Old Settlers Reunion Association President Joe Wayne Reynolds said this year’s festival was well-attended. He noted cooler temperatures contributed to having a few more people compared to last year.

“I think we had great weather that cooperated with us. We had great attendance. We had good entertainment under the pavilion. We’re looking forward to planning for 2020.”

Dale “The C” Cummings performed golden oldies from the 50s, 60s and 70s on Wednesday. The karaoke contest was held Thursday with cash prizes, presented by John “Bear” Dubose.

Kelly Moore Music Ministry played gospel music for the crowds for Friday night.

Jason Waldon and The Alibis played for country music night on Saturday to close out the festival.

Lillie Danner, 2019 Quitman High School graduate, was presented with a check on Wednesday for the Old Settlers Reunion Association scholarship of $1,000. Danner will attend Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall.