It's that time of year again when Fairview hosts the yearly Old Timers Reunion and Summer Festival, drawing visitors from all across the nation. The weekend is marked by parades, family and class reunions, delicious cuisine, and loads of fun. Start the celebration on Thursday, July 13 with Bingo & Beer at the Double Barrel. Each card costs $2, and all funds support Post Prom 2024.

Friday at 5 p.m., Fairview 4-H will be serving "Hamburgers in the Park" for just $10 per dish. Enjoy a pleasant evening in Sharbono Park. At that time, Old Timer registration will also happen. For $5 per person, junior high students are invited to a Glow Party in the pool on Friday night from 8 to 10 p.m.

Check-in for the 5K Color Race begins at 6:30 a.m., kicking off a fun-filled day of activities on Saturday. Visit to register early. A 1-mile race begins at 7:25 a.m., followed by a 5K event at 7:10. Wear white!

While Old Timers registration is taking place from 8–11 a.m., the Fairview Fire Department will be preparing the free breakfast and Fairview FFA will be serving it. The MonDak Clinic is where participants can register for the Kiddie Parade. The parade itself will commence at 10:30 a.m. From 10:00 to 11:00, participants can register for the Grand Parade on State Street, which starts at 12:00. The theme "Ewe all bring your herd" will be used for both marches.

Beginning at 11 a.m., stop by the Classic Car Show near Sharbono park's north end to admire all the gorgeous vehicles. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids will love the water inflatables. To bounce all day costs $15. Bring a swimsuit with you! The pool will also be open to the public from 1:00pm to 5 p.m.

The American Legion will raise the flag, the national anthem will be played, and the program will begin at 1 o'clock in the gazebo. During the event, this year's button awardees Gerry and Bev Reichenbach will be recognized.

Visit the Fairview History exhibits and RTC Networks' sponsored ice cream social at the Senior Center from 2-4 p.m., or take part in the Fairview FFA's sponsored cornhole tournament at the park's north end at 2 p.m. At the canal bridge, the annual duck race kicks off at four o'clock.

Spend the remainder of the evening downtown, visiting with friends and taking in The Great Outdoors Band's Street Dance.

On Sunday they will end things with an outdoor church service in Sharbono park starting at 9:00 am.

To register for the Color Race, order T-shirts, or for more information visit Old Timers Reunion and Fairview Festival Facebook page, call Dennis Trudell at 406-798-3427 or 406-478-2395, Marion Kittleson at 406-489-9286 or Renee Sundheim at 406-747-5344 or 406-489-0191.

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