Famed songwriters Sid Lippman and Sylvia Dee won a contest to compose the official centennial song, “They Named it Minnesota,” which was performed by the Apollo Club at the event. Kristi Putnam Gibson was able to find two verses of the song and sent them to Neal Bond’s Minnesota Music History Channel:
They took 10,000 lakes and some rich green vine,
and added the forest of Norway pine,
and high in the sky they made the North Star shine,
and they named it Minnesota.
They took 10,000 lakes and some rich green land,
and threw in some hills they had on hand,
and made it a paradise but twice as grand,
and named it Minnesota.