This next Friday and Saturday is Lansing DAZE, and there is a lot going on. We will be celebrating Lansing’s 50th year as an incorporated city.
Fifty years ago Lansing had a population of 1,000 people and now we have over 10,000, and we are now a second-class city. That means we are ten times bigger now than we were then.
If we wanted to dream, in another 50 years, will we be 100,000? No doubt we will then be a first-class city. Of course, I think it is first-class right now.
Way back then, we never dreamed that Lansing would ever be as big as it is now. In 1959 and 1960, those of us on the first city council often discussed the possible growth and what would our town be like in the future.
The actual date of incorporation is in July, and there are many activities planned to celebrate this event throughout the year. This includes a time capsule to be placed at the new library. The city is asking for a photograph of all organizational groups along with names to be placed in this capsule. This is something we can work on right now. This capsule will be opened 50 years from now, so if you have an object that you think would be of interest 50 years from now, please contact Nolan Sunderman, director of economic development and the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.
At 7 p.m. Friday, things will get started with the Blues band, Levee Town. Start your Saturday morning with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the Lansing High School. During the day is a car show and motorcycle show, a parade at 10 a.m. starting at the Lansing Middle School. Also a quilt show and art show at the Mid American Bank. There will be a booth for crafts and a barbeque cookoff competition with awards given out at 3:30 Saturday. You can sample different barbeque and vote for your favorite.
Saturday night, another band named Liverpool will entertain, and fireworks will be at dusk.
All in all it sounds like a great celebration to start off the celebration of our 50th birthday. If you have any questions, call the Visitor’s Bureau at 727-5488.