Lingle Commemorates 100-Year Anniversary
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Small town festivals are a wonderful tradition. At their best, they unite people and help instill a sense of community pride and identity. They also offer an important opportunity to reflect on the past.
Lingle, Wyoming soon will be 100 years old. The community intends to commemorate this major milestone July 11-15, with an array of activities and fun for the whole family.
“The town is throwing a big party and we’re excited about the celebration,” says City Clerk and Treasurer Michele Sussex.
The tight-knit community of less than 500 people is located along the Oregon Trail and in the heart of Goshen County. It has long a fitting motto: “Small But Proud.”
The town owes its origins to its proximity to an old Burlington railroad line. Lingle was incorporated on September 7, 1918 and primarily built on agriculture. It was named after H. D. Lingle, who owned a farmland in the area and promoted agriculture in the region.
Lingle’s century celebration kicks off on Wednesday with a hog roast in Whipple Park. Thursday night will feature a movie in the park, “The Sand Lot.” Friday there will be youth volleyball and the Fireman’s BBQ hamburger feed.
On Saturday, there’s a full slate of events scheduled, including a car show, parade, adult volleyball, a 5K run, food vendors and more. The evening culminates with a street dance.
A pancake and ham breakfast will take place on Sunday, sponsored by the North Hills Baptist Church, and is followed by church services.
A team of area residents has been working on putting together a history display of several hundred old photos of the area’s old buildings and residents. It will be on view in the basement of the Community Presbyterian Church from Wednesday through Saturday. Some of the images collected will be featured in a digital slide show in the park
With the exception of the volleyball game and the raffles for guns and a 2002 Ford Thunderbird, all activities are free. The volleyball sign up fees will be donated to a charitable cause that benefits area youth.
Sussex notes that many people have called to inquire about where to stay during the festivities and says it’s hard to predict how many people might visit during the event.
“It’s going to be a fun event,” says Sussex. “Everybody is invited to come on out. Come join in the parade and have a good time.”