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IFL Road Trip #3: Lacon Old Settler’s 2011

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

IFL Road Trip #1: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

IFL Road Trip #2: Chicago/Milwaukee

Welcome to the third edition of the IFL Road Trip.  Originally, I wasn’t going to include this as a road trip, because in a way it isn’t.  It’s more of a homecoming.  A significant portion of league members in the IFL and the IFB are natives of the small Marshall County seat of around 2,000 residents.  Here’s list of who has played in the leagues and came from the Lacon/Sparland/Midland School District area:

  • Anabolic A Rods (2010 IFB)/4th and Inches (2011 IFL)
  • BJ Penn (2010 IFB)
  • Bambinos (2010 IFB)
  • Bushwackers (2010 IFB)
  • JSloan (2010 IFB)/Bad News Bears (2010 IFL, 2011 IFB, 2011 IFL)
  • Muse Academy Muses (2010 IFB, 2010 IFL, 2011 IFB, 2011 IFL)
  • Sparland Hilltoppers (2010 IFB, 2010 IFL, 2011 IFL)
  • B1R (2010 IFL)
  • The Grove Johnsons (2010 IFL)
  • NIU Huskies (2011 IFB)

It may not be a majority, but a good portion of league members have a base in Lacon.  If there was an official home for the leagues, it would be Lacon.

But many of the people move on to different things; bigger jobs, college, general moving out of the area.  It happens, but Lacon is still home, with family and friends based here.

That is why Old Settler’s is a big event.  It’s the town’s biggest festival event of the year, and everyone comes back for at least a visit.  I couldn’t tell you how many friends from the past I ran into this past weekend, and it was superb to catch up with them all.  Some of things that occur during the festival have changed over the years, some for the worst, but the basic elements have stayed the same.

And that will be the theme of the photos taken from the 141st edition of the Lacon Old Settler’s festival.  The theme will be staples, staples of the event that you know will be there, and are true of every small town festival.  So come join us on this journey.

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