To say that 2020 has been a difficult year to date is an understatement. New words and terms to our vocabulary cause a bit of concern and confusion: pandemic, shelter in place, social distancing, flattening the curve, masks, PPE.

But there is one thing that will be in place this year: St. Charles Old Settlers (SCOS). Life is always subject to change and so is SCOS. Learn more on Facebook or our web site, www.scoldsettlers.org.

We would be very glib and irresponsible if we were to say that this pandemic is not a concern. As a committee we feel it is currently affecting each of our daily lives in some way. There was much discussion and input from county and city officials prior to our making the decision to move forward. 

We feel we can responsibly host our 134th Old Settlers. It will not be a typical SCOS, with some of our more popular activities being canceled and most of the remainder being modified. This year, our theme will be “Signs of the Times.”

The event will be condensed to one day: Saturday, July 18. The day will begin celebrating our community and supporting each other through this unprecedented time. 

#Love the Locals is a community crawl event that will celebrate our businesses and organizations as well as enable us to meet new neighbors and friends. Registration will start at the Imes Bridge at 8:30 a.m. There will be an opportunity to purchase a T-shirt register for prizes. There will be a route that you can follow or continue at one’s leisure throughout the day. Prizes and winners will be announced at the evening festivities. A Show & Shine car activity will be sponsored by Pit Performance from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Main Street. Anyone can vote for your favorite car or motorcycle. The kids will enjoy the return of the pedal tractor pull. 

The event will officially kick off with the flag ceremony at 11 a.m. by the Boy Scouts. We will celebrate and crown our 2020 king and queen, Jan and Norm Townsend, and honor our military veterans with a Quilts of Valor presentation. 

The afternoon will feature the bags tournament, Family Feud game show, games for the kids, spelling bee for all ages and some music to sit and enjoy, 6 feet, apart of course. The evening will begin with the parade starting at the city park and continue with Cow Pie Bingo and music by Brick n’ Bob Duo in the park. 

The Lions will be presenting their concessions and rides again this year in a modified form, and the St. Charles Parish will be serving ice cream and desserts. 

The committee was given the opportunity to auction the old street signs that were replaced last year. There will be a silent auction for individual signs and some special pieces created by some of our local artists and welders to add a little interest in your garden or yard. If you want a piece of history or are just plain nostalgic, watch for more information and pictures.

The SCOS committee understands health concerns and the need to keep flattening the curve. These are unprecedented times and we all must do our part no matter how big or small to insure the health of our community. 

Please, if you are not well, take care of yourself and stay home. If you do not wish to attend, we understand and are very sympathetic to your concerns. Hopefully we will be able to post some of the events on Facebook Live for you to watch. 

We also understand the need for activities and social interaction. We hope our event will give you an opportunity to participate and enjoy the day. 

We strongly encourage adherence to the CDC guidelines: practice social distancing, wear a face mask, wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer. Our goal is to offer a positive community event. 

See you on July 18. Stay safe and well.