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Annual Old Settlers' Days
June 14-16, 2024

The community of Highmore holds Old Settlers' Weekend annually the third weekend in June. It is set for June 14, 15 and 16, 2024.


The HHS All-school reunion committee has decided to wait  until 2025 to have another reunion. They have a list of who paid and your money will be held on file for the next reunion. You may contact the committee if you have another preference.


Old Settlers' Weekend is a community effort, put on by volunteers from a variety of groups, organizations and businesses. Each year, we seek individuals to assist us with the tasks it takes to make Old Settlers' Weekend a great experience for all. This takes many amazing volunteers. Even an hour is enough. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please send us a message on Facebook.

The community of Highmore comes together each year to offer a variety of different events. Our goal is to make Old Settlers' Weekend fun for the whole family.

2023 Schedule of Events (2024 coming soon!)

Watch for updates, by June 1 we should have most events listed. If you have an addition to these class reunions, please call Mary Ann at 605-870-2927 to schedule a class picture.

Thursday, June 15

  • 7 p.m. Music on the Porch at the Hyde Out Bed and Breakfast by Highmore Area Council of the Arts

Friday, June 16

  • 9 - 11 a.m. Rolls and coffee at the Senior Center

  • 11:30 - 1:30 lunch at the Senior Center

  • 1 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Class Reunion: Classes of 1950's and 1960's in the West Wing of Hyde County Memorial Auditorium

  • 4:30 Class Reunion: Class of 1983 at the Golf Course

  • 6:30 p.m. SD Farmers Union Bull Bash, gates open at 6 p.m. Calcutta at 6:30 p.m. Bull riding to follow. Entry fee for spectators is $10. Nine and under is free. There will be junior bull riding and a candle scramble. This is a TPBR sanctioned event. Call 605-222-0267 to register to ride.

  • 7 p.m. Women's Civic League presents "Long Tall Lester", a play featuring local talent and Coronation of King and Queen at Hyde County Memorial Auditorium

  • 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. No Name Band at Chahl's Bar and Grill

  • 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Bad Habits Band at Willow Creek

Saturday, June 17

  • 8 a.m. 5K Road Race/2-mile Walk (register by 7:45 a.m. at South Park; route: starts and ends at South Park; participation fee: $10 includes t-shirt)

  • 9 - 11 a.m. Rolls and coffee at the Senior Center

  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live Painting on the Prairie by Post Pilgram Gallery-J.White at 118 Commercial Ave north of Vilas Healthcare. Hosted by Highmore Area Council of the Arts. Art show also featuring leather work by the Smith Family, Spurs by Mike Cowan, saddles, Skeet Smith quilt collection, Lucy Sargeant clothing, Jody Landgrebe artwork, Shar Ruhnke artwork, beadwork, paintings, photography, drawings and more! At 1:00 there will be open mic including Bruce Roseland, Nick Nemec, Willie Cowan, Mary Wortman and others.

  • 10:30 a.m. parade (floats line-up east of Highmore Health). The theme is "Home on the Range". The parade travels west to commercial avenue, north to first street, turns west to Iowa Ave and South to the school. Floats are to enter on the west side of Highmore Health; no one is allowed to enter from the south on Ash Ave. No preregistration needed. Parking is available for horse trailers north of Lutheran Church on 4th street.

  • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Vendor Fair at HydeOut Bed and Breakfast (contact Beth at the HydeOut Bed & Breakfast to sign up)

  • 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Todd Marks's Train display in the East Wing of Hyde County Memorial Auditorium

  • 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch at the Senior Center

  • Food Trucks

  • 1 - 4 p.m. Inflatables in the Auditorium (no food or drink, please)

  • 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Bingo at Senior Center

  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Open House at Historical Society Museum, First Schoolhouse open north of the Highmore School

  • 3 - 5 p.m. Car Show on Commercial Ave, Registration 2:30 (no fee to enter)

  • 5 p.m. Class Reunion: Class of 1973 at the Golf Course

  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Rib Cook-off Meal at the Fire Hall (Learn more)

  • 6 p.m. bean bag tournament at Chahl's Bar and Grill

Sunday, June 18

  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Breakfast at the Senior Center

  • 10 a.m. Venture Communications Golf Tournament (two-man best ball)

  • 10:30 a.m. Interdenominational Worship Service at Auditorium

  • 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Baseball Doubleheader

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