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Old Settlers

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Old Settlers is the annual town celebration of North Bend, dating back to 1889 when it was a gathering of the area's original settlers and their families. Since then, the Old Settlers Picnic has evolved into three days of festivities, rides, reunions and fun. Old Settlers is organized by the North Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.

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In 2024, North Bend will be hosting the Centennial Old Settlers, a celebration that has been hosted annually since 1924. Look for big things to come as we mark a century of Old Settlers! 

Late additions: Friday night we've added a Fantasy Drone show at dusk! Come on out and see the specital of light hovering in the air! 


Speaking of drones, another late add to the scheudle is a demonstration of the North Bend Fire Department's new drone. Come out to the baseball field Friday night at 9:30 to see how NBVFD uses its new technology.  


Rock out at Old Settlers!

Enjoy live music every night in the beer garden! 

We have it all, from polka to country to rock! Enjoy your favorite classic and modern country Friday night with Silas Creek. Then come out Saturday night for Nebraska Music Hall of Famer Joe Cockson and stay for the Official Party Band of Summer, the Fishheads!

Friday, June 21:

Angie Kriz and the Polkatoons 4:30-6:30

Silas Creek 8:00-midnight

Saturday, June 22:

Jack Dunker 1:00-3:00

Joe Cockson 4:00-6:00

The Fishheads 8:00-12:00

Sunday, June 23:

Grayson Kraus 5:00-8:00


A Century of Celebration!

A few highlights of new to Old Settlers for 2024:

Glory Days Tug of War Tournament: Shout out to the "country school" alumni from back in the day who remember the tug-of-war battles with your rival feeder schools at Elementary Field Day! Join this free event to see who still has it! Click here for more info.  

Heritage Trail: Signs will be posted around town commemorating

historical sites and buildings  that once played an important role

in North Bend. Take a self-guided tour or sign up for a guided

tour during Old Settlers! A map of the signs around town is still

under construction. Guided tours will be conducted Old Settlers Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4 a.m., leaving from city park on a trolley. Because space is limited to 30 people per tour, tickets are required. Tickets are free and can be obtained at the North Bend Eagle (E-mail the Eagle to reserve tickets or for more information Again, because space is limited, everyone on the tour must have a ticket regardless of age. 


Cemetery Tour: Meet some of the original old settlers! Take a walk around Woodland Cemetery and read about some of the area's first pioneers as well as other pillars of the community who helped make North Bend what it is today.

Bring the Heat, Feel the Beat! Join us Sunday afternoon after the parade for a heart-pounding exhibition of drumming featuring Omaha Street Percussion and the drumlines from North Bend Central and Columbus High School. The show will take place at the Foltz baseball field at the city park


Duck Calling Contest and Outdoor Expo: The North Bend City Auditorium will be hosting a state and regional duck calling contest Old Settlers Saturday. Along with the contest, enjoy the outdoor expo with vendors, games and fun for the whole family! More info here.

North Bend Barn Quilt Trail: Enjoy the creative barn quilts in and around the community. See the Facebook Event page for more information.

Hot Dog Eating Contest: with two divisions, 16-and-under and Open Friday night at 7 p.m. The 16-and-under division is free to enter and consits of 5 minutes of eating. The winner recieves a free carnival ride wristband good all day Saturday. The winner of the 10-minute Open Divison wins a whole processed hog (a value of $650)! To regsiter for the Open Division, Venmo the North Bend Eagle $10 and put "Hot Dog Contest" for the reason. Out of all registrations, 10 names will be drawn to compete in the contest on site Friday night. Potential contestants may register as many times as they wish for a better chance at being chosen.


The Philly Pheed: Chow down on steak or chicken Philly cheesteaks for dinner 5:30-8 Saturday night at the Chamer of Commerce Philly Pheed in the park.

Salute to Old Settlers Centennial, Community Foundation's 25th: this open house at the Historic Platte Valley Bank (north of the current Platte Valley Bank on Main Street) will feature displays and photos from the history of Old Settlers and the North Bend Area Community Foundation. Refreshments will be served. 

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Old Setters Tradition

Of course, many of your annual Old Settlers favorites return:

Old Settlers 5k run, 1 mile walk: Saturday morning. Click for registration info.

Cornhole Tournament: Saturday afternoon. E-mail to enter your 2-person team. Field limited to first 32 registered teams. 

Saturday afternoon for the kids: Show your strength in the Kiddie Tractor Pull at 2, have fun in the Kids Games at 3:30 then wear your best costume in the Kiddie Parade at 4:30! All of these kid-centric events are fun and free! Also, pony rides will be available 2-5 for $5.

Old Settlers Craft and Vendor Fair: Saturday in the park. Get some shopping done or sell your wares! Click for more info.

Kickball Tournament: Saturday morning sponsored by St. Charles Youth. Sign up your team or get more information by texting Carol Emanuel at 720 4950. 

Pitch Tournament: Get ready to play some cards! Register for this 13-point pitch tournament by calling Carry Gerke at 317 9500. It will be held at the Presbyterian Church Saturday, with proceeds going to the Blessings Food Pantry of North Bend. 

A couple of changes since the Old Settlers schedule posters were printed: The pitch tournametn is at the Presbyterian church, not the Senior Center. And during and after the parade the Senior Center will be offering root beer floats, but not pie. 

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Follow Old Settlers updates and announcements by liking the North Bend Old Settlers Facebook page.

Stay up to date with announcements, schedule changes and updates during Old Settlers weekend on the North Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Twitter feed.

See Old Settlers 2023 pictures here.

See Old Settlers 2022 pictures here.

Old Settlers is
June 21-23, 2024


There's fun to be had for all ages at Old Settlers.

The Old Settlers schedule is published in the weeks preceding the celebration, but annual features include:

• DC Lynch Carnival Rides

• Sunday Parade

• Car Show

• Welcome Home Barbecue

• Wine and Beer Tasting

• Pizza Feed

• Pride of the Platte Photography Exhibit

• Alumni Golf Tournament

• Beer Garden

• Baseball Games

• Kids Games and Races

• Kids Tractor Pull

• Community Worship Service

• Kickball Tournament

• Cornhole Tournament

• Bingo

• Food Stands

• Plus Lots More!

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