Labor Day weekend festival starts Saturday in Florence

The 77th annual Florence Labor Day celebration begins 8 a.m. Saturday with citywide garage sales, bake sales, Market on Main, soap box derby, and more.

Events featured include a scavenger hunt for a Labor Day medallion hidden on public property within the city of Florence. The first clue is available at the information booth Saturday morning. The winner receives $77.00.

Bennie Holtsclaw will kick off the evening entertainment at 5 p.m. on Main Street. “The Alternates,” a local group of musicians, will follow at 7 p.m. “The Classic Cowboys” will provide music for the street dance at 9 p.m.

Sunday events include the traditional community church service, potluck lunch, sidewalk chalk art, and bike decorating contest.

An 1860s vintage baseball game will be the highlight of the day. The event starts with an ice cream social at 6 p.m. followed by the game, a watermelon seed spitting contest and fireworks at dusk.

Monday events feature all the traditional events. A new event is the pinewood derby, sponsored by the Marion-Florence Cub Scouts. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by the race at 1 p.m. in the ambulance building.

Randy and Judy Mills are the parade grand marshals. This year’s theme is “Jewel of the Cottonwood – Find Your Treasure in Florence, Kansas.”

Mountain Men Rendezvous will hold events throughout the weekend. Information can be obtained by visiting www.talking-bear.com.

A $5 button allows admission to most events. Each button is numbered and eligible to win $142 at the annual drawing held Monday at the main stage following the parade. Winner must have button in hand and be present to win.

Complete information of events is available on line at www.florenceks.com. Brochures are available in local stores.

 

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