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Cylinder Quasquicentennial Is Aug. 6-8

By Staff | Jul 15, 2010

CYLINDER – Activities are being finalized for Cylinder’s Quasquicentennial Celebration scheduled for Aug. 6, 7, and 8. Three days of fun—including games, a parade, music, food, a carnival, and fireworks—are planned to highlight the community’s celebration of 125 years. All events will be held at Cylinder Park.

Mitch Mueller will be recording Friday’s and Saturday’s events, and DVD copies of the celebration will be available for purchase. For more details, contact Art Mueller by e-mail at amueller@iowatelecom.net.

Friday, Aug. 6

On Friday, Aug. 6, antique tractor aficionados will want to take part in the Antique Tractor Ride. Participants should register at 8 a.m. The ride will start between 8:30 and 9 a.m. in Cylinder. The deadline to register tractors in the ride has been extended. For more information, e-mail Harry Bormann at hbormann@ncn.net.

Local history buffs will want to stop by the Cylinder Heritage Center. The Heritage Center will be open on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Shop for a bargain at the City-wide Garage Sales from 4 to 7 p.m.

A first for Cylinder, Smith Amusements, will bring Carnival Rides and Games to the celebration on Friday and Saturday. Amusements will be set up at the Cylinder Park. The carnival promises something for everyone—from ages 2 to adult—with eight to nine rides, four to five game trailers, and concessions, including cotton candy. Advance tickets are available for purchase.

Friday evening, between 5 and 7 p.m., enjoy the BBQ in the Park, cooked by the Palo Alto County Cattlemen and sponsored by Sweeny’s Highway Market and Wally’s DX. A free will offering will be taken for the meal.

After supper, enjoy the Beer Garden, which will be open from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. A Dance, featuring the band The Expressions will play from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, Aug. 7

The City-wide Garage Sales continue on Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The Cylinder Heritage Center, open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will be closed during the parade.

Cylinder’s Town Hall (the old Methodist Church Hall) will also be open for Cylinder School Classmates to get together and visit in air-conditioned comfort. Prints of the J.D. Speltz painting of the old Cylinder School are still available. Contact Jan or Todd Mathisen at 712-424-3684.

The Cylinder Quasquicentennial Parade gets underway at 11 a.m. It’s not too late for individuals and organizations to enlist their entries in the parade. For an entry form, contact Harry Bormann by e-mail at hbormann@ncn.net.

After the parade, head to Cylinder Park for games for both kids and adults. Smith Amusements will be set up in the park, in addition to other games. Organize a team and play Sand Volleyball—the pits will be ready for pick-up games. Lawn Games and Family Softball, for all ages, are also planned. 4-H members will be doing Face Painting and Tattoos.

Hungry yet? There will be plenty of food vendors in the park. The Whittemore Legion and the Palo Alto County Cattlemen will be serving burgers all day long. Emmetsburg FFA students will serve lemonade, and the Beer Garden will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Free Musical Entertainment starts at 3 p.m. with the Forever Young Band. The band, which plays a mix of country and rock and roll, will perform until 5 p.m. The Cornbelt Barbershop Chorus will take the stage between 6:15 and 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the Drawing and Auction for the Cylinder prints by J.D. Speltz will be held.

Dance the night away to the music of The Generations of Rock ‘n Roll, featuring the band BB & The Bullfrogs, starting at 8 p.m.

During intermission, Fireworks will be shot over Cylinder Park at approximately 10 p.m. Following the fireworks display, the band will resume and play until 12 midnight.

Sunday, Aug. 8

On the final day of Cylinder’s Quasquicentennial Celebration, take part in the Ecumenical Church Service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Depew. The service begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a time for food and fellowship. Sandwiches, homemade ice cream, and pies will be served