The Iola Historical Society, in conjunction with the Sheveland-Taylor American Legion Post 14, is hosting its 3rd Annual Memorial Day Pig Roast immediately following the annual Iola Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30.
The Memorial Day Parade starts at 11:00 from the Iola-Scandinavia High School parking lot and proceeds to Veterans Park, which continues to be upgraded. A Memorial Day service will then take place at the park, which is on North Main Street.
After the service, the parade will proceed and end at the Iola Historical Society’s historic village on Depot Street, with the dinner being held at the society’s Machine Shed at 222 Depot Street.
The pig roast starts at noon and runs until 3:00 p.m. All veterans are offered a free dinner in honor of their service. Legion members will be noting the branch and years of service for each veteran attending. The donation for dinner for spouses and the general public is just $10, $5 for children 12 and under. The dinner includes all the trimmings, coffee, and dessert. Sodas and bottled water will also be available for purchase from Iola’s Boy Scout Troop 631.
The Machine Shed is one of seven buildings at the Iola Historical Society’s historic village that will be open for touring during the event. The others are the original Iola & Northern Railway depot; the original Helvetia Town Hall; a replica one-room schoolhouse; a vintage 1930s-era log hunting cabin; a replica fire station containing some of Iola’s early original firefighting vehicles; and the main museum/office. A vintage caboose is also on the grounds, but that is currently being restored and is not available for tour.
The museum includes a display featuring Iola World War II veteran Lee Nelson, who flew 31 bombing missions in a B-17 "flying Fortress" over Germany and Germany occupied France.
Docents will be on hand to answer any questions. The historical society is open throughout the summer on Saturday afternoons from noon until 3:00 p.m. starting May 30 through August 27, 2016.
For more information on the Iola Historical Society, go to www.iolahistoricalsociety.org.