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Graettinger Gears Up For Labor Day

By Staff | Sep 3, 2015

The community of Graettinger is gearing up for this weekend’s 119 th Annual Labor Day Celebration with a slate full of activities for one and all. Iowa’s Oldest Continuous Labor Day Celebration gets underway Saturday, Sept. 5 and concludes Monday evening, Sept. 7 with something for everyone.

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 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 Mens’ Softball Tournament, which will run all day Saturday and continue on Sunday. The Tournament is being sponsored by Osgood Builders.

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. on Main Street in front of Bank Plus, a Bicycle Giveaway will take place.

The Sons of the American Legion will host a Pork Chop on a Stick at the Legion starting at 8 p.m., which will lead into the Annual 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., to wrap up Saturday’s activities.

Sunday, Sept. 6

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, both 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 Mens’ 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.

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. and the Antique Engine display will open at 1 p.m. as well.

One of the newest events at Labor Day, the Bed Races, will return for the second year at 3 p.m. Sunday on South Washington Street by Shaver Manufacturing. And, the second Bicycle giveaway will take place at 3:30 or at the conclusion of the bed races.

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, Willard and Joan Herke, will also be introduced prior to the crowning of Miss Graettinger.

Monday, Sept. 7

Labor Day Monday will begin with the 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 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.

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 begin operations again.

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 will conclude Monday evening with the drawings for the Grand Prize raffles on Main Street at 7 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to come join in the fun.