By Mandi Kindhart-White
Laddonia welcomed the Fourth of July with a Sesquicentennial Celebration on July 3-4 with live entertainment and family fun at the ballpark. The weekend included the dedication of a stone marker representing the town’s 150-year anniversary. Local residents, along with hometown natives traveled in from near and far for the weekend festivities. People were seen laughing and smiling as they enjoyed the fun filled weekend.
Laddonia was laid out in 1871, named for Amos Ladd, an early settler, and his wife, whose name was Onia. Since 1871 the Laddonia Post Office has been in operation. To celebrate the Sesquicentennial the Post Office had a Sesquicentennial postal stamp ceremony as part of the celebration. Postmaster Anita Hoyt pressed the stamp by stamping an envelope with the special stamp representing the town’s birthday.
The parade included vehicles from past and present, along with participants dressing in 1800’s fashion attire. Other gentlemen sported their stylish beards, while women took their chance at having the best pie.
Activities for those in attendance also included an Honor Flight Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, Craft and Vendor Show, children’s games and rides, sporting tournaments, a parade, live music, pageants, contests and a decades reunion, along with fireworks.