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City spruces up for centennial anniversary

Leadwood will hold its centennial celebration Oct. 7-9 with a wide variety of activities in the city park.

The event honors the area’s change in name 100 years ago from Owl Creek to Leadwood. The city did not incorporate until Oct. 1964.

The city has been improving the park facilities all year in anticipation of the anniversary. Area residents have donated funds for building repairs, a new backstop, new trees and an extension of the gazebo dance floor.

A Web site dedicated to the celebration can be found at http://leadwoodmo.tripod.com.

The celebration is scheduled to open at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 with amusement rides, concessions and a dance at the gazebo. A.K.A. DJ will provide music.

The following day, festivities begin at 8 a.m. with craft booths, food concessions, game booths and a hay ride. Morning events include an antique tractor show, “3 on 3” basketball, a “Cruise In” by the Foot Hills Antique Car Club and a performance by the West County Choir. Toe sack races take place at noon, along with an awards and recognition ceremony.

Afternoon events include a turtle race, performances by the Nelson Waggoner Family and Limited Edition LTD, and a pie eating contest.

Throughout the day, professional storytellers will present “Tall Tales and Legends Under the Trees” and the Masonic Lodge of Leadwood will sell barbecue meals. Evening entertainment includes amusement rides and performances by Doe Ra Me’s and the Sheriff’s band.

Sunday’s events include morning church services and a chicken dinner. Hay rides and games open at noon, followed by amusement rides at 1 p.m. and performances throughout the afternoon by Kathy Atkins, True Gospel Sounds and 3 Friends.

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