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Community Celebration for 100 Year Anniversary for Lincoln's Community Hall


From the files of the Upper Blackfoot Valley Historical Society

The Community Hall circa 1920, in a photograph by Carter Rubottom.

LINCOLN – To celebrate the 100-year history of folks coming together at the Lincoln Community Hall, Lincoln is hosting a free community-wide event July 7-8 with something for everyone. Attendees can learn about the history of the area, participate in contests including watermelon eating, pie bake-off, beard/mustache contest and enjoy live music at the Hall. There will also be games and activities throughout town on Saturday.

Way back in 1918 when the Hall was constructed, having a place to come together and kick up their heels was a top priority – especially in those long, cold winters. Lincoln's beloved Hall was built with lots of volunteers, donated land, trees cut from surrounding forests, then pulled out by horses in waist high snow, and dances held as fund raisers. People pulling together when there is a need has been a hallmark of this small, rural community ever since.

Saturday, July 7 starting at 10 a.m. at the Hall, 404 Main Street, history lovers can view historic displays, recorded interviews with resident old-timers, as well as live gold panning and muzzle loader demonstrations. Throughout the day, the Cronk Family Fiddlers will be fiddling and singing.

At 12 p.m. the kids can enjoy a watermelon-eating contest.

Judging for the pie contest begins at the Hall at 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to enter their best pie recipe for $5 per entry. Enter as many pies as desired with a chance to win $100. Please have pies there by 2:30 p.m.

The Lincoln Community Players' will perform a skit at 5 p.m. and a family dance with the band Edge 406 starts at 7 p.m. The pies from the pie contest will be shared with the community during the dance – just like the good old days.

Men who could be mistaken for Grizzly Adams or maybe Santa Claus are encouraged to enter in the Best Beard/Mustache contest during the dance. During the first break, around 8 p.m., the audience will decide who has the loveliest locks.

Events around town include a petting zoo, a chalk art contest, a free book give-away and tours at the world famous Sculpture Park and Hi Country's historic cabins. At Hooper Park there will be lots of kids' activities including shooting, archery, paper airplane making and other great educational and family booths.

Sunday will begin with a non-denominational church service starting at 10 a.m. at the Hall followed by a concert featuring acclaimed musicians Adele O'Dwyer and Steve Gores from Ireland. To wrap up, there will be an ice cream social with everyone invited at 12:30 p.m.

"So round up your family and friends and head over to Lincoln to celebrate 100 years of friendship and community with us!" wrote Tiana Valler in the press release.

For more information about this event, contact Valler at 406-362-4444 or email


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