Indianola goes log cabin crazy for a few days

by Ashley Fees

“The past is our heritage, the present is our responsibility,and the future is our challenge.”

This slogan has reigned over Log Cabin Days, an annual WarrenCounty celebration, since 1972. The slogan is still used today, andit summarizes the attitude of the Historical Society of WarrenCounty.

“Log Cabin Days is the largest fundraising event of the year forWarren County,” said Max Morrison, President of the Warren CountyHistorical Society. “The money that is raised is used to maintainand improve the museum.”

The Warren County Historical Society Museum is located at theeast end of the Warren County Fairgrounds, which can be found onthe southern outskirts of Indianola in Highway 92.

Anyone interested in improving and preserving the museum cansupport the landmark by attending events at the Log Cabin Days.

The celebration begins Sept. 25, at 7 a.m. with abiscuits-and-gravy breakfast. The cost is $3.50 for adults, withall proceeds benefiting the historical society.

After breakfast, the crowd will line the streets from theCourthouse Plaza to the Warren County Fairgrounds for the annualparade.

The theme this year is, “Old Settlers Here At Last”.

After the parade there will be a break in scheduled events forthe preparation of the main event: The Cowboy Poetry Show – AWestern Evening.

What is cowboy poetry?

“Cowboy poetry is an old form of song and humor,” Morrison said.”The performer stands and recites famous quotes from Will Rogers, a1930s one-line comedian, with country music playing in thebackground.”

Three traditional western singers will recite cowboy poetry onSaturday: Pat Meade, Jeff Ansliger and Wally Bazyn.

Cowboy poetry will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by a chuck-wagondinner at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a second presentation of poetry at 7 p.m.

For anyone interested in attending both events, the dinner andthe show, the price is $10.

Sunday’s activities will wrap up Indianola’s Log Cabin Days.

A chicken-noodle dinner will be served at 11 a.m., followed by aquilt raffle and Chamber Bucks drawing at 2 p.m.

Extra events, such as antique, craft and market shows and saleswill be open for business from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.