112th Annual Labor Day Celebration
GRAETTINGER – In a town with a motto of “small town, big heart” the 112th Annual Labor Day Celebration could be described as a labor of love. Iowa’s Oldest Continuous Labor Day Celebration kicks off this Saturday in Graettinger. Lots of fun activities and good food are in the works over the three-day weekend.
Saturday, Aug. 30
Activities on Saturday start at 8 a.m. with a Kickball Tourney at Evergreen Park, sponsored by the Graettinger-Terril Cheerleaders. The first day of the Hillcrest Men’s Golf Tourney begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and wraps up on Sunday.
City-wide garage sales also start at 8 a .m. Saturday, with maps showing the sale locations available at the Graettinger Market.
A bake sale and coffee will be offered at 8:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizens’ Building on Main Street, sponsored by the Bethel Lutheran Church women.
Entries for the annual FFA Grain and Flower Show will begin at 9 a.m. in the Development Board building on Main Street. FFA members will also be setting up their Children’s Barnyard exhibit just east of the railroad tracks on Main Street at the same time. The Children’s Barnyard and the Grain and Flower show will open at 9 a.m. each day of the event for viewing of the exhibits.
For the sports-minded, in addition to the golf tournament, a softball tournament will be played at Citizens Memorial Park starting at 9 a.m., with concessions provided by the Little League Parents.
A favorite is the Antique Tractor Pull, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Farmers Coop Elevator lot.
Carnival rides and attractions from the McDermott Family Shows will open at 1 p.m. each day on Main Street.
Another favorite, the Community Club Bingo games, will be held in the former Pieces of Eight building, starting at 3 p.m.
The annual Demolition Derby, starting at 4 p.m., will be featured next to the North Valley Apartments.
Saturday’s activities will close out with the annual Street Dance and beverage garden, with music by the Murphy Brothers Band, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31
At 8 a.m., the Golf Tourney continues at the Hillcrest Golf Course, while the softball tournament resumes at Citizens Memorial Park and the Volleyball tourney gets underway.
The Graettinger Firemen will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Fire Hall. The antique tractor ride will start at 9 a.m. from the Farmers Coop Elevator.
A craft show is planned for both Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Building.
At 11 a.m., the FFA Fun Day will be held by the elevator. Bingo play will resume at 1 p.m. in the former Pieces of Eight building.
The ATV Pull starts at 1:30 p.m. followed by the ATV Mud Bog, a new event, all at the Demo Derby site.
The annual Labor Day Variety Show, featuring the crowning of Miss Graettinger, gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Graettinger School gymnasium. Contestants include Malorie Schaller, Malorie Girres, Alex Rehm, Theresa Petersen, and Liz Sparks. Escorts are Kyle Brown, Dalton Park, Logan Tonderum, Jake Hoffman, Cody Koekenhoff, and Matt Harris. Crown bearers for the event will be Jenna Joyce and Noah Skattebo.
In addition to the crowning of Miss Graettinger, the celebration’s Grand Marshall will be introduced, along with several talent acts.
A teen dance at the American Legion will cap off the evening’s events, from 8 p.m. until midnight.
Monday, Sept. 1
Labor Day Monday gets underway with a 5K/Fun Run/Walk through the community, starting at 8 a.m., sponsored by Bethel Lutheran Church. Another long-time favorite, the Legion kids races, will start at 9 a.m. in Fahnestock Park. Three-legged races, wheelbarrow races, balloon blowing and cracker eating contests provide prizes for the younger set during the event.
The annual Blue Mound Turkey Dinner will start at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church and serves until 1 p.m. For a taste of something sweet, stop by the Bake Sale, sponsored by the Post Prom Committee, starting at 1 p.m. in front of the Fire Department.
The Labor Day Parade, with over 150 units, will kick-off at 1:45 p.m., running from Evergreen Park past the business district and up Robbins Street to end at the school.
Following the parade, Bingo play will resume in the former Pieces of Eight building at 3 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor lunch in the Legion Hall from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
At 4 p.m., Fun and Games will be held at Fahnestock Park, pitting four teams of individuals in tests of skill, endurance, and fun.
The weekend will cap-off with drawings for the Ambulance Service Quilt and cash prizes starting at 7 p.m. downtown.