THE LEPANTO AMERICAN LEGION HUT

The "LEGION HUT" HAS SERVED THE TOWN AND IT'S PEOPLE FOR MANY YEARS AND CONTINUES TO THIS DAY TO BE "THE MEETING PLACE" FOR THE SOCIAL GATHERINGS OF ITS CITIZENS.

THE LEGION HUT IS OWNED AND OPERATED OFFICIALLY BY THE
WILLIE lAMB POST #26 ORGANIZED ON JUNE 15, 1929 CHARTER BY 20
LOCAL VETERANS OF "WORLD WAR I". THERE ARE NO MORE LIVING WORLD WAR I VETERANS IN THE POST BUT THE MEMBERSHIP IS NOW
COMPRISED OF VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIET NAM AND DESERT STORM.

THE LEGION HUT, BUILT IN 1937 SERVES AS THE COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE FOR REUNIONS, CONVENTIONS, PARTIES, DANCES AND POLITICAL GATHERINGS.  ARKANSAS GOVENORS FAUBUS AND WHITE BOTH HAVE BEEN TO FUNCTIONS AT THE LEGION HUT.  IN TIMES PAST THERE HAVE BEEN DANCES FEATURING NAME BANDS SUCH AS GLEN MILLER AND TOMMY DORSEY.

A COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT FRONTS THE ENTRANCE TO THE HUT.  THE MONUMENT HONORS THE TOWN'S WAR DEAD WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY.

BEGINNING IN 1930 THE LEPANTO LEGIONAIRES STARTED THE ANNUAL "TERRAPIN DERBY FESTIVAL" WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY HELD ON MAIN STREET.  FIFTY ONE YEARS LATER THE TERRAPIN DERBY SPONSOR WAS TURNED OVER IN 1981 TO THE "MUSEUM-LEPANTO U S A" MEMBERS WHO HELD THE TRADITIONAL TERRAPIN DERBY UNTIL 1999.  TODAY"THE LEPANTO FIRE DEPT" IS THE SPONSOR AND THE TRADITION OF THE TERRAPIN DERBY LIVES ON.
THE TERRAPIN DERBY OCCURS ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF OCTOBER.

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