County Old Settlers Reunion prepares for 121st event in August


The annual Wood County Old Settlers Reunion is set to run Aug. 4, 5 and 6 at Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman. 

After missing out due to the covid pandemic in 2020, the reunion made a solid comeback last year with crowds returning to the park for the fun and festivities.

Sunshine Midways from Gilmer will again provide rides and attractions for the young and old alike. They will be set up on the front parking lot again this year.

There will be vendors throughout the park. An added attraction will be a cornhole tournament sponsored by the Quitman Chamber of Commerce.

The Quitman-Lake Fork Kiwanis is going to have three exciting nights of bingo and will be located at the Kiwanis basketball court in the park. Bingo crowds filled the area each night last year as players sought to win prizes of all kinds donated by the community. 

Old Setters Reunion Board President Rocky Bridges  said, “We are looking forward to a great event again this year,” Bridges said. “We want everyone to come out and support local vendors who are participating. We have a great board that is working hard. Due to the success of last year, we will have the rides on the front parking lot again and vendors throughout the park.”

The Thursday night entertainment venue under the pavilion will be local favorite Dale “The C” Cummings with his blend of old time rock n’ roll and country music favorites. Friday night will feature Wood County’s own Swoape from the Alba-Golden area. Saturday night will once again feature a “Meet the Bulldogs” night featuring the fall athletes at Quitman High School beginning at 6 p.m. The entertainment for Saturday night has not been announced.

Music entertainment each night will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free. 

Members of the Old Settlers board of directors include Rocky Bridges, Colby Bridges, Carley Tucker, Alice Bowers, Kathy Lutonsky, Kevin Cameron, Jarred Yaeger, Jared Smith, Laura Weems and Vickie Gardner. 

“This will be the 121st Old Settlers. It has been held annually except during World War II and the covid pandemic,” Bridges added.