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Celebrating 121 Years Of Labor Day This Weekend in Graettinger

August 31, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Iowa's oldest continuous Labor Day Celebration will take center stage this coming weekend for the 121st Annual Graettinger Labor Day celebration. The three-day event officially kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 2 and concludes Monday evening, Sept 4 and promises plenty of activities for all ages.

Saturday, Sept. 2

The celebration starts bright and early on Saturday 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 citywide garage sales. A bake sale and coffee will start at 8:30 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church and entry of items for the annual FFA Grain and Flower Show will get underway at 9 a.m. downtown.

Also beginning in Citizen's Memorial Park at 9 a.m. will be the Men's' Softball Tournament, which will run all day Saturday and continue on Sunday. The Tournament is being sponsored by Jake Ebel. 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 beanbag 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 new event, a Shuffleboard Tournament, will begin at the Side Street Saloon, following the conclusion of the Bags Tourney.

Musical entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. at the Side Street lounge featuring Big Nacho entertainment until 9 p.m. and the Annual Street Dance, sponsored by the Labor Day Committee, on Main Street, complete with beer garden and music by Farm Rock, starts at 9 p.m. to close out the first day of the weekend.

Sunday, Sept. 3

Sunday's activities start with day two of the Men's Golf Tournament at the Hillcrest starting at 8 a.m. The annual Graettinger Firemen's Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall begins serving at 8 a.m. and continues through 12 noon.

The Men's' Softball Tournament will continue at Citizen's Memorial Park at 9 a.m., along with the FFA Grain and Flower Show.

Another favorite, the Labor Day Antique Tractor Pull and Hot Rod Lawn Mower pull will begin at the Pro Coop property at 11 a.m. and a sand volleyball tournament will start at 11 a.m. at Citizens' Memorial Park as well.

Also starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday will be a craft show in the Graettinger Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Graettinger-Terril FFA will sponsor its annual Fun Day events for kids at Fahnestock Park starting at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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. In the afternoon, McDermott Family Shows will begin operation at 1 p.m.

A Poker Run will get underway at 1 p.m. Sunday and at 3 p.m., the Side Street Lounge will host a free Rib and Best Grilled Chicken Ever feed, and will be followed up by Big Nacho Karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Annual Youth Bicycle giveaway will take place at 3:30 p.m. on South Washington Street by Shaver Manufacturing before the Bed Races, which will get underway at 4 p.m. on South Washington Street in front of Shaver Manufacturing.

Capping off Sunday's events will be the annual Labor Day Variety Show and coronation of Miss Graettinger. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Graettinger-Terril High School gym. During the program, the Labor Day Grand Marshals, Wayne and Karen Anderson, will also be introduced prior to the crowning of Miss Graettinger.

At the Hillcrest, Golf Course, Big Daddy Entertainment will provide music from 9 p.m. until closing.

Monday, Sept. 4

Labor Day Monday will begin with the Labor Day 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church. The Sporting Clays trapshooting event 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 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 Annual Labor Day Turkey Dinner at the United Methodist Church will serve from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Craft Show will open at the Senior Citizens Center on Main Street and at 1 p.m., the McDermott Family Shows will open.

The highlight of the afternoon, the annual Labor Day Parade will start at Evergreen Park and make its way uptown beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Following the parade, Bingo will resume at the Happy Hour building at 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The Fun and Games competition will start at 4 p.m. in Fahnestock Park and at 5 p.m., the final Bicycle drawing will take place in front of Bank Plus downtown. Also, prize giveaways will take place at the Side Street Saloon, starting at 5 p.m.

Graettinger's celebration of Labor Day will conclude Monday evening with the drawings for the Grand Prize raffles on Main Street at 7 p.m.



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