Town hosts annual Rock-a-Thon to raise money for community projects

03/21/2013 6:00 AM

03/21/2013 5:31 PM

This is the week when Cuba, Kan., rocks.

For nearly four decades, the Republic County town near the Nebraska state line has become a symbol of community involvement with its annual weeklong Rock-A-Thon, in which residents typically raise more than $25,000 by simply rocking in rocking chairs.

The Rock-a-Thon started Sunday at the Cuba Community Hall and will continue through Saturday. Throughout the week, residents will rock nonstop 24 hours a day to reach a goal of 317 hours of continuous rocking.

The community schedules events, speakers and food to go with the marathon rocking. Thursday’s events included a morning card party, a bierocks supper and a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament. Friday’s events include a magic show, fish fry and teen dance; Saturday’s events include blacksmith demonstrations and drawings for rockers.

The money raised often goes to community improvement projects. Some of the proceeds this year will help fund the Republic County High School marching band’s trip to Chicago.

The town was first made famous when National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson documented it, and it has since been featured twice on CBS’ “Sunday Morning.”

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