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Celebrating Yukon’s Birthday

Yukon will be celebrating its 126th birthday on Saturday.
Yukon’s Birthday Bash, hosted by the City of Yukon and Yukon’s Best Main Street, is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The bash will include entertainment, shopping, a kid’s area and activities, contests, food and drinks and more.
The Entertainment Stage on 5th Street will be offering free performances, dancing and live music during the entire bash, and Main Street businesses will be offering special sales throughout the day.
First United Methodist Church Yukon will also be hosting their Spring Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Events at 10 West Main also have activities planned for the day. Events at 10 West Main will be hosting their Crawfish boil that includes potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage. They’ll also have bread pudding.
Other events hosted at 10 West Main include The Lokal hosting the beer garden and half priced appetizers, Savvy Hair offering discounted haircuts and product, Vacca Territory Creamery Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, Route 66 VR will have a virtual reality stand, Bohemians antiques is having their grand opening, and Petite 10 Tea Room will be offering small treats and scones while supplies last.
This year the Birthday Bash will also have a children’s area on the north side of 5th and Main Streets. The area, called the Kid’s Hopping Good Time Area, includes a mechanical bull, climbing wall, slides, face painting and more. Prices vary for each activity.
Children will also be able to take a free picture with the Easter Bunny, courtesy of Baker’s Photo, and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30 p.m. at Yukon Flowers and Gifts.
“Here in Yukon Easter Egg Hunts are very popular, so we’re hoping to see a lot of people out there,” said Jenna Roberson, Yukon’s public information officer.
Fun contests will also be hosted including the Spring Stroll, a free parade and contest in which people can wear either traditional Easter bonnets or crazy Easter hats and stroll down Main Street. Prizes will be given for the best bonnets. There’s also special categories for Red Hat Ladies. The Spring Stroll also includes a Pet Parade so owners are encouraged to dress their pets in their “best spring attire.”
The bash will also include a Corn Hole Tournament, hosted by Yukon Parks and Recreation and Grady’s Pub. The March Madness tournament begins at 9 a.m. behind Grady’s. It’ll include a 32-team double elimination with the winning team receiving a cash prize. Teams are made of two people, 18 or older to play. Registration is $20 per team.
Grady’s Pub will also be offering onion burgers, and a variety of food trucks will be available throughout the day.
Roberson didn’t have the full list of food truck as of presstime Tuesday.
Free birthday cake and ice cream will be served by the Yukon Historical Society at 1 p.m. at Yukon’s Farm Museum while supplies last.
This is the second year the City of Yukon and Yukon’s Best Main Street are hosting the Birthday Bash. They decided to get involved last year since it was the 125th birthday, Roberson said.
“It was such a good event last year that we decided to do it again,” she said. “We’re expecting just a little bit more than last year. It was a great turnout for our very first event and we’ve been advertising to try to stir up more interest in the Birthday Bash so we’re hoping to see a little bit more every year.”
Prior to last year, the Yukon Historical Society hosted a smaller celebration each year.
John Knuppel, president of the Yukon Historical Society, and his wife and member of the society Carol said they think it’s great the city got involved and they’re glad more people are paying attention to Yukon’s birthday.
“It’s a lot better. It’s a more fun with a lot more people. It brings it to life more,” the Knuppels said.
“Really, it’s nice to see how people get interested in Yukon’s history through this event. I think it’s kind of a neat opportunity you don’t usually get with other events,” Roberson said. “And then also just seeing how people come out and support our Main Street businesses is just really wonderful.
“We hope to see a lot of people out there to support Main Street and support Yukon.”

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