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The Lawson Picnic is an annual tradition dating back to 1902. This year’s celebration will be bigger than ever as Lawson celebrates its 150th birthday! In addition to the carnival, vendors, live entertainment and contests that are part of the Picnic each year, we are also having a car show, Little Miss and Mister 150 contest and a MEGA kite event as part of the weekend’s festivities. Check out our full schedule below.

The Lawson Park Board oversees the planning and implementation of the Picnic. You can follow our Facebook page for more information and updates on the Picnic.

We need you! An event of this magnitude is not possible without our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help out in any capacity, please sign up here.

We are FULL on all vendors.

A 40-page commemorative magazine has been produced to mark the occasion. It includes remarks from the Mayor, Lawson history and what’s going on currently, recognizes our sponsors, the Picnic/150 Celebration schedule and map, as well as entertainment and event information for the entire weekend. A digital version is available here.


Thursday, July 8
4-7pm Farmer’s Market Pennsylvania Ave.
5pm Opening Ceremonies City Park Gazebo
6-10pm Carnival & Food Vendors City Park
6-9pm Rotary Bingo City Park Shelter House
6:30-8pm Damien Gunn Band City Park Stage

Friday, July 9 
1pm Pitch Tournament Lawson City Hall Community Room
5-9pm Vendors Pennsylvania Ave.
5-10pm Beer/Wine Shack City Park
5-6:30pm Quinn Harvey City Park Stage
6-10pm Carnival City Park
6-9pm Rotary Bingo City Park Shelter House
7:30pm-8pm Richie King Comedian City Park Stage
8-10pm Midnight Rodeo Band City Park Stage

Saturday, July 10 
7:30am Fishing Derby Lawson City Lake
8am-2pm Disc Golf Tournament Lawson City Lake Complex
9am-3pm Quilt Show United Christian Presbyterian Church
9am-10am Fitness Class by LIFT City Park Stage
10am-3pm Car Show Pennsylvania Ave. (400 Block)
11am-9pm Vendors Pennsylvania Ave.
Noon-10pm Beer/Wine Shack City Park 
1pm Pitch Tournament Lawson City Hall Community Room
2pm & 3pm Cemetery Tour Departs from Pennsylvania and 3rd
3pm Little Miss & Mister 150 City Park Stage
4pm-6pm Mixology City Park Stage
5:30pm Rotary Tennis Ball Race Big Slide (North Side of City Park)
6pm-10pm Carnival City Park
6-9pm Rotary Bingo City Park Shelter House
6:30pm-7pm Richie King Comedian City Park Stage
7-10pm Brand X Band City Park Stage

Sunday, July 11 
10-11am Community Church Lakeview Event Center (outside)
11am-4pm Great American Kite Show   Lawson Lake Complex
11am-4pm Kids’ Games, Food Trucks   Lawson Lake Complex