Sunshine prevailed for the 114th Annual Old Settlers Picnic activities in Uniontown on Sept. 2, 2019.
Vendors lined the city’s park, along with organizations and onlookers trying to find a spot in the shade for the parade mid-morning.
This year’s grand marshalls are Alicia Jackson and Alan Shinn, both longtime educators in the Uniontown School District.
Jackson has taught English and Spanish at UHS for 44 years. She and her late husband, Dale, raised three daughters in Uniontown-Gretchen, Meaghan and Caitlin. Jackson is in the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame and has been a runner-up for Kansas Teacher of the Year.
Shinn retired from teaching math in the district after 50 years, in May 2019. He and wife Becky have raised a son, Kevin and daughter, Melissa in Uniontown. Shinn has been recognized as Outstanding Young Educator by the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Secondary Educators of America, Central MO. State University Dept. of Math Certificate of Merit, and Distinguished Alumnus of Allen Community College.
The theme of the parade was “Learning From The Best At UHS”.
New this year was the baby parade at 9 a.m. and the Dale Jackson Memorial Car Show.
Cash drawings, a picnic in the park, kids and not-kids games were played and recognition of “Old Settlers”, were some of the traditions that have been continued through the years.
Also as in years past, one could purchase smoked port dinners from the FFA, chicken dinners from the Methodists, pies from the Baptists, homemade ice cream from Marmaton Community Church, along with soft drinks from the cheerleaders.