Graettinger Ready For 114th Annual Labor Day Celebration
GRAETTINGER –Iowa’s Oldest Continuous Labor Day Celebration kicks off this Friday in Graettinger. Lots of fun activities and good food are in the works over the holiday weekend.
Friday, Sept. 3
A free outdoor concert will kick-start the celebration on Friday night. Chrome Union will be playing from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. Enjoy the beer garden and stick around for breakfast served between midnight and 2 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4
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 Main Street 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. on Saturday and Sunday 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—Saturday, Sunday, and Monday—on Main Street.
Another favorite, Bingo games, will be held throughout the weekend in the Happy Hour building. Times will be announced
The annual Demolition Derby, starting at 4 p.m., will be featured next to the North Valley Apartments.
Saturday’s activities will close with the annual Street Dance and beverage garden, with music by the Murphy Brothers Band, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There is no charge for the dance; the event is sponsored by the Labor Day Committee.
Sunday, Sept. 5
At 8 a.m., the Golf Tourney continues at the Hillcrest Golf Course, while the softball tournament resumes at Citizens Memorial Park at 9 a.m., and the Volleyball tourney gets underway at 11 a.m. at the park.
The Graettinger Firemen will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Fire Hall.
A craft show is planned for both Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center.
At 11 a.m., the FFA Fun Day will be held by the elevator.
The ATV Pull starts at 1:30 p.m. followed by the ATV Mud Bog, 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. In addition to the crowning of Miss Graettinger, the celebration’s Grand Marshals will be introduced, along with several talent acts.
The evening’s events will be capped off with musical options for teens and adults. A teen dance will be held at the American Legion from 8 p.m. until midnight, and Big Nacho Karaoke will be held at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 6
Labor Day Monday gets underway with a 5K/Fun Run/Walk 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.
Also during the 9 o’clock hour, a Trap Shoot will be held at the Demo Derby site.
The annual Blue Mound Turkey Dinner will start at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church and serve until 1 p.m.
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.
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 caps-off with Grand Prize Drawings for cash prizes starting at 7 p.m. downtown.