100th jubliee bounces into Lenora
By JUDY SHERARD
LENORA -- People have been gathering in Lenora for an annual celebration for more than 100 years.
The event began as a barnstorming event with wing walkers and air shows, said Gayle James, treasurer of the Lenora Jubilee committee.
Later, when the baseball craze took over, minor league baseball teams came for the celebration. James said legend has it baseball great Satchel Paige was among the players who visited the town.
Now, the Lenora Jubilee has become a regional country music festival featuring such acts in the past as Tracy Lawrence and Gloriana.
This year's event is Friday and Saturday.
Eric Paslay, Dean Alexander and James Wesley will perform at Larrick Park for the Friday concert beginning at 7 p.m.
Concerts for well-known acts draw 1,200 to 1,500 people to the town of 250 residents, James said.
"The park is full of people enjoying the concert," she said.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. They're available at Cerv's, the Country Corner in Lenora, Kellie's or the Finish Line in Hill City, Oscar's in Hoxie, the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce and Norton Auto Supply, and KKAN/KQMA in Phillipsburg until Thursday.
Tickets will be available at the gate for $20 for adults and $5 for children.
Saturday kicks off with a city-wide garage sale, followed by a parade at 11 a.m. Events also include children's entertainment, pony rides, creature races for toads and turtles, an inflatable carnival and patty bingo.
Each year, the organizing committee of approximately 10 people tries to find something new to feature, James said.
This year, it's the BMX bicycle stunt show from Minnesota.
The free concert Saturday begins at 7 p.m. and will feature regional performers Wes Cossman Band and Lucas Maddy.
The Friday concerts usually bring regional people to town, and Saturday's concerts have more of a local turnout, James said.
Some high school classes and families plan reunions for jubilee weekend.
"It's always nice to have something to do," James said.