Wakonda's 125th Anniversary Committee started work this spring and is going all out to make the event truly memorable and not-to-be-missed. There will be parades, beard and "sisters-of-the-swish" contests, a craft fair, children's games, and dances on both Friday and Saturday nights featuring the popular Midnight Special and Poker Alice bands.
Ruth Williams, who wrote the community pageant, Prairie Hearts, for Wakonda's centennial celebration in 1985, is working on an updated musical about Wakonda to be presented during the festivities.
Warren Kuhler, who was the chair of the Wakonda centennial history book committee in 1985, has undertaken production of a revised history book and needs updated family and business histories as soon as possible.
The 125th Anniversary Committee also recently announced the winners of its logo design contest. Wakonda native Sarah Beatty Carlson, a 1995 graduate of Wakonda High School, was the first-place winner. Her stylish Wakonda design will appear on T-shirts which go on sale in August. The second-place winner was Dakota Screen Printing, owned and operated by Mark and Julie Nelsen. Meckling artist April Gawboy was awarded third place. More than a dozen entries were received.
The committee hopes to produce other souvenir items such as belt buckles and cups, but these are expensive and must be paid for at the time orders are placed.
"Donations are appreciated and helped us get started, but we definitely need to raise more funds," said Pam Ganschow, president of the committee. Other officers are Kayla Neilsen, vice president; Judi Sharples, secretary; and Pat Girard, treasurer.
Please send donations, items for the history book or inquiries to: The Committee to Celebrate Wakonda's 125th Anniversary, P.O. Box 456, Wakonda, SD 57073.