Lyndon plans all-day celebration of autumn

You might not have noticed that summer ended the first of last week, because so far the weather hasn’t given any indication. But autumn weather predicted for Saturday will coincide perfectly with Lyndon’s plans to celebrate the beginning of fall.

The town will be a bustle of activity during Lyndon’s Fall Fest, starting early in the morning with a pancake feed at Lyndon United Methodist Church. Pancakes, juice and coffee will be available until 10 a.m.

Also beginning early, at 8 a.m., will be a swap meet, at Eighth Street and Topeka Avenue, which will offer kids clothes, collectibles and more. For those looking for craft items, they will be happy to know that a craft fair will be set up on the north lawn of the Osage County Courthouse. Already numerous crafters have signed up to display their handiwork.

During the morning, the new Cotton-O’Neil clinic will host an open house at 715 Washington St.

While parents are enjoying the downtown activities, kids will be bounding and bouncing in a bounce house on the south courthouse lawn. The bounce house will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also starting at 11 a.m. will be the opportunity for kids to be firemen for the day, with a touch-a-truck event, on east Seventh Street.

Other events at the courthouse will be pumpkin painting, while supplies last; student art show, featuring fall-inspired works by Lyndon students; a book sale by the Lyndon Carnegie Library; glitter tattoos and hairdos; and a silent auction.

Another fun event, for kids and adults, will be the coins in the corn, beginning at 11 a.m.; prizes include a Kindle, Minecraft swag, Bonkers passes and other prizes, with a winner every time. Tickets are only $1.

Since no fall event is complete without food, a food court will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on west Seventh Street, featuring different vendors throughout the day, offering such treats as barbecue, pasta, turkey legs, hot dogs, kettle corn and caramel apples.

After lunch, the celebration will gear up for fun with Quartermania!, 1-3 p.m., on east Seventh Street. The game is a cross between bingo and a raffle, with players eligible to win dozens of prizes for only 25 cents a play.

And what is fall without wagon rides? They begin at 2 p.m. and will operate until 6 p.m.

And of course, fall isn’t fall without football – and cheerleaders! Two Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders will visit Lyndon and be available 2-4 p.m. for autographs or photos. Afterward at 4 p.m., graduates and coaches of the Lyndon Tigers cheer clinic will give a dance performance.

The celebration then turns to activities for adults, with a beer garden opening at 4 p.m. on west Seventh Street. Sponsored by the American Legion Post 125, beer and wine will be offered, but all alcohol must be consumed within the designated area.

The opening of the beer garden will be followed at 5:30 p.m. with a street dance on east Seventh Street. Live music by the Clearview Band, which plays classic rock, oldies, blues and country, will continue until at least 9:30 p.m.

Although daytime temperatures are expected to be in the 80s until Friday, forecasters are predicting fall weather will arrive Friday night, with Saturday to be sunny with a high of 60.

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