The unofficial end of summer faces us this weekend with the start of the annual Labor Day holiday weekend. But in Graettinger, the weekend is reason to celebrate as the community gears up for its 118th Annual Labor Day Celebration. The three-day long event is billed as Iowa's Oldest Continuous Labor Day Celebration, with activities starting bright and early Saturday, Aug. 30.
Saturday's activities start at 8:00 a.m. with the tee off of the first of two days of the Men's Golf tournament at the Hillcrest Golf Course, along with the start of city-wide garage sales. Entry of items for the annual FFA Grain and Flower Show will get underway at 9 a.m. and the FFA Children's Barnyard Exhibit will also open at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Also beginning in Citizen's Memorial Park at 9 a.m. will be the Co-Ed Softball Tournament, which will run all day Saturday and continue on Sunday. The Tournament is being sponsored by Osgood Builders.
And, a dunk tank will also operate at Citizen's Memorial Park during the tournament, to benefit the GT/RA Titanettes Dance Team, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
At Noon, Bingo, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters, will open and continue daily to 10 p.m. in the former Happy Hour building on Main Street. The popular bean-bag tournament will get underway at 1p.m. in Citizens Memorial Park and the McDermott Family Shows carnival rides and attractions will open at 1 p.m. and operate to 10 p.m. nightly.
A display of antique engines will be located across the street from Side Street Saloon beginning at 1 p.m. as well, and will continue on Sunday.
Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. in front of Bank Plus, a Bicycle Giveaway will take place.
On Saturday evening, activities will conclude with the Street Dance, sponsored by the Labor Day Committee, on Main Street, complete with beer garden and music by the Sideline Band, starting at 9 p.m.
Sunday's activities start with day two of the Men's Golf Tournament at the Hillcrest, and a Bar-B-Que Cook Off competition at the Side Street Lounge also starting at 8 a.m. The annual Graettinger Firemen's Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall also gets underway at 8 a.m. and serves through 12 noon.
The Co-Ed Softball Tournament will continue at Citizen's Memorial Park at 9 a.m., while the Labor Day Antique Tractor Pull and Hot Rod Lawn Mower pull will begin at the Pro Coop property at 11 a.m.
A sand volleyball tournament will start at 11 a.m. at Citizens' Memorial Park and a craft show will be held at the Graettinger Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Graettinger-Terril FFA will sponsor its annual Fun Day events for kids will be held at Fahnestock Park starting at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Flower and Grain Show and Children's Barnyard will also open for the day at 9 a.m.
In the afternoon, McDermott Family Shows will begin operation at 1 p.m. and the Antique Engine display will open at 1 p.m. as well.
A new event is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday on Van Gordon Street by the Pro Coop as Bed Races will join the Labor Day activities. The second Bicycle giveaway will take place at 3:30 following g the bed races by the Pro Coop.
Sunday's activities wind down at 7 p.m. at the Graettinger-Terril High School gym with the annual Labor Day Variety Show and crowning of Miss Graettinger for 2014. During the program, the Labor Day Grand Marshals, Don and Norma Berven, will also be introduced prior to the crowning of Miss Graettinger.
Labor Day Monday will dawn with the 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church. The Sporting Clays shoot will begin at 8 a.m. on the east edge of town and the American Legion Kids Races start at 9 a.m. at Fahnestock Park. The FFA Flower and Grain Show and Childrens' Barnyard will open for the day at 9 a.m. and Bingo will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the former Happy Hour building.
The Labor Day Turkey Dinner at the United Methodist Church will serve from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 1;30 p.m. the annual Labor Day Parade will start at Evergreen Park and make its way uptown.
From 3 to 6 p.m. will be pork chop supper at the American Legion and Fun and Games competition will start at 4 p.m. in Fahnestock Park. The final Bicycle drawing is set for 5 p.m. in front of Bank Plus downtown, and prize giveaways will take place at the Side Street Saloon, starting at 5 p.m.
Labor Day will conclude Monday evening with the drawings for the Grand Prize raffles on Main Street at 7 p.m.
Everyone is encouraged to visit Graettinger for Labor Day 2014!