CYGNET – The village and its fire department will celebrate their 125th anniversary on Saturday.
The event, for all current and former residents of the village, will feature a parade, the opening of the
centennial time capsule, food, entertainment and more.
The children’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. from the fire station and will continue to Martin Park.
Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles for the parade, and prizes will be awarded in various
age groups for best decorations. Fire trucks will accompany the children from Front Street to Walbridge
Street at the park. Cygnet baseball players are asked to wear their shirts.
All events through 4 p.m. on Saturday will take place at Martin Park on Walbridge Street.
The centennial time capsule will be opened at 10:30 a.m., and the public is asked to bring items they
would like to place in the 125th-year time capsule. Those with any knowledge of the location of the 75th
anniversary time capsule, buried in Swan Park, are asked to notify the mayor or council members.
At 11 a.m., a presentation from the Wood County commissioners will be held, and Life Flight will arrive.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., food will be available at the park shelter house. Cans for donations will be at
this location, with the money collected to be used for the purchase of new village Christmas
decorations. Food will also be available at the Little League concession stand for a charge.
Also during this time, a silent auction of homemade pies will be held.
At 1 p.m., a magic show by Brian Coleman will be held on stage at the ball field home plate. A basketball
hoop contest will be at 1:30 p.m., with karaoke taking place at the ball field from 2 to 4 p.m.
At 2 p.m. the children’s sack race will begin by the walking path, and a watermelon contest by the
shelter house will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Quilt raffles and other drawings will be held at 3 p.m.
Events beginning at 4 p.m. will be held at the Fire Hall.
From 4 to 7 p.m., the annual chicken barbecue will be held; tickets for this meal are available in
advance from the firefighters, and at the door. Karaoke will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., with the beer
tent opening at 6 p.m.; a corn hole tournament will also begin at that time. Those interested in taking
part in the tournament should register with a firefighter to do so.
From 8 p.m. to midnight, musical entertainment, a street dance and a gun raffle will be held.
Further events throughout the day will include games and prizes, volleyball, community member and
business booths, and more.
Tables, chairs and bleachers will be available during the event on a limited basis; those planning to
stay for all of the festivities are advised to bring lawn chairs or a blanket for their family. Pop-up
tents can be used to avoid sunburns during the afternoon.
Donations of cookies, pies and other items for the food event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will be
accepted Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Village Council Room. Those interested in setting up a
booth at the event are asked to contact the mayor for the required form.
Those with questions are asked to contact the mayor, council members or firefighters.