• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Blast in the Park draws large crowd on Saturday

Updated: Jul 27

Jamie Barnes, right, and other members of the Adrian, Mo.-based band Sparrowfoot played a couple of hours of solid rock classics at Blast in the Park on Saturday evening. (Photos: Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

LA CYGNE – Whether they came to watch fireworks, listen to the band, grab a meal from the food truck or visit several vendors, residents from the La Cygne area and beyond turned out in droves for Saturday's mid-summer celebration.

The La Cygne Community Park was busy as people began to arrive for the annual event. Nacho's Food Truck had lines that didn't quit. So did the Re-OhZ's ice cream. Nacho's won the La Cygne Park Board's certificate for the overall best booth, and Re-OhZ won the certificate for the most delicious.

Logan Smith of Re-Ohz ice cream and sandwich shop hand mixes a cold treat as his helper, Beth Smith, waits to serve the finished product. The two were kept busy all evening with a steady stream of customers.

Beauty on Broadway received the certificate for most popular booth, with their clothing designs that drew a steady stream of shoppers. The award for most fun booth went to Ray of Hope, a La Cygne area nonprofit that had plenty entertainment.

Also on hand were kiosks for each candidate for the Linn County Commission, Rosemary Long and Jason Hightower, who took the opportunity to talk with potential voters during the evening.

The band Sparrowfoot gave the crowd a good dose of rock throughout the evening with sonic fireworks as a warmup to the real deal later that evening.

Swings, teeter-totters, slides and climbing domes in the park's play area saw heavy use from the children who attended.

The final act – a fireworks spectacular by Greenwood, Mo.-based Wald and Co. – ended the evening of fun.

Being mindful of where they step, these boys participated in the Cakewalk sponsored by the La Cygne Park Board.

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