LINGLE — One hundred years ago next month, Lingle was first incorporated as a town. Now, 100 years later, the town will celebrate the anniversary on July 11 through 15.
“It’s quite an achievement,” Mayor Greg Siglin said. “There’s a lot of towns since then that have gone by the wayside, but here we are.”
Siglin said preparations began after the town council’s January meeting, when the council formed an anniversary committee.
“We had our first meeting in February and we invited anybody and everybody in the town and surrounding area who was interested,” he said. “The ball started rolling from there.”
Since then, the committee has organized community meals and activities, beginning with a hog roast on July 11 at 6 p.m. The majority of events will take place on July 14, when the town will hold its car show, various activities and tournaments in the park, a parade through downtown, a 5k charity run/walk and ending with a street dance.
While the parade won’t feature a grand marshal, it will be led by American Legion Post 63. Siglin hopes to have at least two special guests participate in the parade: the oldest living Lingle resident and the youngest.
In addition to the other festivities, historical displays and memorabilia will be available throughout the celebration in the basement of Community Presbyterian Church. Vintage photographs and old newspaper articles will show the town’s past. Siglin thought that the most interesting part of the town’s history was a look at how the buildings have changed over the years.