La Cygne to celebrate 150th anniversary

LA CYGNE – Memorial Day weekend in La Cygne will be a chance for residents to honor those who died in military service.

The weekend also will provide the Linn County community with a chance to reflect on the town’s history. La Cygne will kick off a four-day sesquicentennial celebration Friday through Memorial Day, May 24-27.

Here are some scheduled highlights for the 150th anniversary celebration, posted on the city of La Cygne’s website:

FRIDAY, May 24

5 p.m. – Barn quilt unveiling (Thayer Park)

6 p.m. – Mystery dinner theater based on the 1920 murder in La Cygne (community building)


8 a.m. – Swan-a-thon 5K run

9 a.m. – Swanfest pageant (ages 0-18) in community building. The La Cygne 150 queen and king will be announced

10 a.m. – Vendors open in downtown La Cygne

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Quilt show at La Cygne Elementary School

10:45 a.m. – Children’s parade (downtown La Cygne)

11 a.m. – Main parade (downtown La Cygne)

Noon to 4 p.m. – Large inflatable slide and obstacle course at City Library

Noon to 4 p.m. – Family games and prizes (separate game area for children ages 8 and under)

2 p.m. – Chicken drop fundraiser for the Prairie View Educational Foundation (downtown La Cygne)

3 p.m. – Betsy Bingo fundraiser (downtown La Cygne)

3 p.m. – Barbecue smoke-off

4 to 5 p.m. – Children’s talent show (community building)

5 to 7 p.m. – Bingo and Swanfest raffle (community building)

5 p.m. – La Cygne Rural High alumni reunion (Prairie View High School)

6 p.m. – Beard contest (community building)

6:30 to 10 p.m. – Music and dancing (either Broadway Street or community building, depending on weather)

7 p.m. – Dusk ’til Dawn Co-ed Softball Tournament (Saturday night to Sunday morning)

SUNDAY, May 26

8 a.m. – Final games of the Dusk ’til Dawn softball tournament

8 to 10 a.m. – Chris Cakes pancake feed (City Park large shelter)

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Trolley tours (pick-up at museum every 45 minutes)

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Pulled pork lunch benefiting Grady’s Kids (City Park new shelter)

1 to 3 p.m. – Contents of 1969 time capsule revealed; new time capsule filled

3 p.m. – Entertainment in the park

5 p.m. – Hamburger and hot dog community dinner (City Park new shelter)

6 p.m. – Combined church service by area churches (City Park large shelter)

7 p.m. – Blast in the Park games (Frisbee, horseshoes, bingo)

9:30 p.m. – Blast in the Park fireworks show

MONDAY, May 27

10 a.m. – Memorial Day ceremony at Oak Lawn Cemetery

11 a.m. – Unveiling of veterans memorials on Broadway

Noon – Community lunch (Christian Church)

2 p.m. – Passport drawing at the museum

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or

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