The two-day annual celebration known as Old Settlers Day starts tomorrow in the city park in Waynesville. Living history camps will be open to the public at 8:30 in the morning and opening ceremonies will be held at the Pulaski County Historical Society pavilion in the park at 10 am.. There will be several free activities for children to enjoy including face painting by the Pulaski Fine Arts Association and rock painting by Pulaski County Extension. Live musical entertainment by the group, Velvet Bricks, will be performed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the park’s stage. The first heat of the Armed Services YMCA Duck Race will be held at 11 o’clock. Re-enactors will conduct a Civil War skirmish at 12:30. 1 o’clock will be the starting time of the Duck Championship Race. Civil War demonstrations will take place Saturday at 2 and 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Admission is free and parking is free to these events. There will be vendors in the park offering food and other items for a price. Pony rides will be available for children at a modest cost. There will be a Tumbleweed Jail as well. For a small fee, organizers will put a person of your choice in jail and a second fee will gain their release. The Army Engineer Association, Sverdrup Chapter, will have a 5-kilometer run/walk Saturday morning at 8 o’clock. The Old Stagecoach Stop in Downtown Waynesville will be open Saturday morning. The Old Pulaski County Courthouse on Waynesville Square will be closed. Free copies of this year’s Old Settlers Gazette will be available in the park Saturday as well as at the Old Stagecoach Stop.