Old fashioned family fun and a potluck picnic are part of the 155th annual meeting of the Waseca County Horse Thief Detectives, Wednesday, July 4th at noon.  The event will be held at Northeast Park in Waseca.

This group has met every year since 1864, making it the longest running protective society west of the Mississippi.

Anyone from anywhere is welcomed to attend, and there is no charge to be part of this fun and historic event.  Bring a dish to pass for the potluck and your own tableware.  Old fashioned family games will follow the annual meeting at 1 p.m.  The event will held under a large shelter, rain or shine.  Patriotic or cowboy attire is encouraged.

The Waseca County Horse Thief Detectives was organized in 1864 after a gang was caught stealing horses from a new settler in the area.  Before justice could be served, the thieves broke jail and escaped.  Local folks vowed not to let history repeat itself.  The group put an end to horse stealing in Waseca County.  Since its inception, not a single stolen horse has been unrecovered!