Centennial Celebration Schedule of Activities
Come One, Come All to the Centenninal Celebration! being held June 25th at the Lincoln County Courthouse, located at 925 Sage Avenue, in Kemmerer, Wyoming
|10:00 a.m.||Program at the Courthouse|
|11:00 a.m.||President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Performance|
|11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.||Community Booths and Star Valley Historical Society Display|
|11:15 a.m.||Candy Cannon at the Stone Building Lawn|
|12:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.||FREE Search & Rescue Barbecue|
|1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||FREE use of Outdoor Pool at Archie Neal Park|
|2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||FREE use of Indoor Pool at the High School on 3rd West Avenue|
Site Map of Activities and Parking
Lincoln County Centennial Announced
On Tuesday, January 3rd, Lincoln County installed newly elected county officials and announced the Centennial of Lincoln County’s creation. On January 4th, Resolution 2011–1 was passed which authorized the establishment of the Centennial Committee to plan, promote and implement observances in 2011 to commemorate the centennial of Lincoln County’s creation in 1911. That afternoon the Board of County Commissioners met with Lincoln County Department heads to appoint them all to the Centennial Committee.
The election to decide on county formation was held on June 13, 1911. Official results were published on June 28, 1911. There were 1841 votes cast for formation of Lincoln County and 1220 votes cast against formation. The win was celebrated by roasting oxen. The newly formed committee selected the last Saturday in June, the 25th, for the Centennial Celebration in the hope of having a warm day. The committee also updated the menu to beef and pork barbecue.
One item that will not be updated is the use of a cannon in the ceremony. The Fort Bridger Rendezvous Association has graciously agreed to run the “candy cannon.” Other historic and new methods of celebrating are in the planning stages.
Commission Chairman Kent Connelly urges everyone to mark June 25th on their calendars for the free Centennial Barbecue at the Courthouse.
100 Days in Lincoln County Scavenger Hunt
To celebrate 100 years of Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Leadership Institute has created the “100 Days in Lincoln County” Scavenger Hunt. This Scavenger Hunt will start on April 29th and end on August 4th giving you 100 days to tour our beautiful county. The Scavenger Hunt will lead you across the Lincoln County of then and now. Many sites of the past can be rediscovered by you and your family along with newer places of interest. The intent of the Scavenger Hunt is to help each of us to visit places in our backyard that we have never seen and to travel the county to see parts we didn’t even know existed or have had no reason to visit.
The Scavenger Hunt has a total of 31 sites divided up into 2 regions. To accomplish the hunt, you’ll need to visit 8 sites from each region. Each site has a secret question that will need to be answered to prove that you visited it. Some sites will offer information on history, some will require going off the highways, and others will require some hiking. Maps will be distributed to the students of each of the schools on April 29th. Maps will also be available at Lincoln County Office, Chambers of Commerce, some local businesses, and downloaded from link below.
When you are done, you simply bring your map to either the Lincoln County Planning Office in Kemmerer (520 Topaz St.) or Afton (61 E. 5th Ave.). Staff there will verify that you visited enough sites and then you will be entered into a drawing for prizes that will be drawn on August 6th at the Lincoln County Fair. You do not need to be present to win. There is still room for individuals or businesses to donate prizes for the raffle. If you are interested, in Alpine area, please contact Melody Rosenwinkel at 307-654-3629, Jo Hillstead at 307-654-1618 for the Thayne area, JoNell Bryant at 307-885-5231 for the Afton area or Colton Sandall at 307-877-2098 for all other areas.
Remember, these sites are just a few points of interest throughout the County. While you are out, take time to find and explore the many other treasures not already listed. Win or lose at the raffle, we hope that each individual and family still consider it a win to have toured the past and the present of this wonderful county that we all belong too.
To download the map, click here.
To preview the Scavenger Hunt locations in an interactive map, click here.
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