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Laconia’s turn

First, Lanesville had its Heritage Weekend Festival. Then there was Festival Mexicana followed by Cockadoodle Days in Corydon, fall festivals in Milltown and Leavenworth, Spirit Days at Elizabeth last weekend, plus any number of church festivals, homecomings, revivals and bean suppers.
Now it’s Laconia’s weekend to shine.
The fifth annual Celebrate Laconia will be held Saturday at the small crossroads town from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be live music, food, craft booths, pony rides, horseshoe pitching, a three-on-three basketball tournament and what is being billed as ‘Harrison County’s shortest, fastest, and bestest parade,’ which starts at 11. That will be followed by an auction.
Children can enjoy a three-legged race, duck pond, bean bag toss and face-painting.
Royce and Friends, a country and rock and roll band, will play at 2 p.m.
Festival organizer Nancy McKellar, the town’s part-time clerk-treasurer and a fibert artist by vocation, said the last census put Laconia’ s population at 29, ‘but we know it’s a few more than that,’ she said yesterday. She’s expecting about 1,000 to pack the crossroads at Laconia’s ‘homecoming.’
One entry in the parade, the South Harrison Athletic Corp., will bring 100 young soccer and softball players alone.
Celebrate Laconia is ‘a wonderful, family-oriented event that has something for everybody,’ McKellar said.
For more information, call her at 737-2362.