Laurens prepares to celebrate 125th birthday
Laurens will celebrate the Quasquicentennial of the town's founding on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, 2007. Several events are scheduled including the parade to start the event. An All School reunion is planned for all Laurens-Marathon alumni. The Farmall Promenade from Nemaha area will square dance with Farmall tractors on Saturday evening. Inflatables for the kids' enjoyment, and a battle of the bands for the young at heart will be held, with an Ecumenical Church service Sunday morning.
Anyone in the area with expertise in a certain event is invited to contact Lanore Thumma, steering committee chair at (712) 841-2359.
Laurens may become a Sister City with Laurens, France, with Representatives from France coming to Iowa. The movie, "The Straight Story" was the inspiration for the citizens of Laurens, France to contact Laurens, Iowa, to make this bond as Sister Cities. Laurens, France is located about 15 miles from the Mediterranean Sea in the wine district of Southern France. The local community needs to plan ways to make these people welcome to the midwest, Thumma said.