Old Settlers Day proved to be a little soggy but still successful this year as the community came out to enjoy the day. Some started their day o having all-youcan- eat pancakes breakfast with the Lion’s Club. _en others came a_er the rain showers cleared out.
Children came from all over the county to play many of the games which included the turtle races, the balloon toss competition and the frog-jumping contests.
Winners of the turtle races were:
1st place – Lillian Spears
2nd place – Ryder Durrett
3rd place – Caysen Martin Winners of the frog jumping contest were:
1st place – Brave Brown
2nd place – Bradi Ann Howell Winners of the balloon toss were: Ages 7 and under
1st place – Bradi Ann Howell and Cabela Terrell 2nd place – Dave Prince and Lennox Hilliard
1st place – Landon Armstrong and Gabriel
1st place – Rylee Howell and Connor Terrell
2nd place – Daisy Prince and Alyssa Johnson
3rd place – Peyton Howell and Autumn Casey Adults
1st place Jaylee Roper and Brandon Vogt Many locals also enjoyed the sack races, three-legged races and fish scrambles.
Winners of the sack races were: Ages 6 and under girls 1st place – Oakley Howell
2nd place – Briella Wolfe
3rd place – CabelaTerrell Ages 6 and under boys
1st place tie – Dave Prince and Jaxson Laguna
3rd place – Jax Emerson Ages 7-9 girls
1st place – Caydence Terrell
2nd place –Kyndle Howell
3rd place – Rylan Smithee Ages 7-9 boys
1st place – Joshua Wolfe
2nd place – Keagon Laguna
3rd place – Samuel Dill Ages 10-12 girls
1st place- Nakia Carr
2nd place – Aaliyah Burkhalter
3rd place – Emma Dill] Coed
1st place – Connor Terrel
2nd place – Taylor Jennings Men
1st place – Branson Howell
2nd place –Ryan Mahoney
3rd place – Bailey Howell Women
1st place – Taylor Jennings
2nd place – Jayme Myers
3rd place – Margaret Casey Winners of the three-legged races were: Ages 13 and under
1st place – Peyton Howell and Caydence Terrell 2nd place – Dave Prince and Keagon Laguna
3rd place – Oakley Howell and Cabella Terrell
Ages 14 and up
1st place – Nakia Carr and Aaliyah Burkhalter
2nd place – Connor Terrell and Emma Dill
3rd place – Rylee Howell and Daisy Prince Winners of the fish scramble were: Ages 4-5 girls
1st place – Bradi Ann Howell Ages 4-5 boys
1st place – River McDaniel Also Hunter Baldwin Ages 6-7 girls
1st place – Oakley Howell Ages 6-7 boys
1st place – Rolen Brachcomb Also Camdyn Terrell Some of the entertaining adult games included the Cowchip Toss won by Branson Howell and the Tobacco Spitting contest won by Kamin Cooper.
The Farthest Travelers were Paul Billings and Joyce Putman.
Bond Howell had the Best Beard while Dee Whisenhunt was Oldest Settler.
The Firefighter Challenge had a great turnout and took a lot of skill but Checotah Fire Department walked away with bragging rights for the year and a traveling trophy.
The Old Settlers Day parade didn’t disappoint the crowd with lots of cowboys on horses, tractors, the Class of Checotah band, Miss McIntosh County Supreme Aleah Brooks, fire trucks, Shriner clowns and more.
Many cowboys and cowgirls spent the whole weekend having a good time at the rodeo Friday and Saturday night also, and a festive time was had by all.