Other events this summer
From rustic and patriotic to traditional and nostalgic, Marion County offers a wide array of events this summer. Here are few events not mentioned elsewhere:
An annual hog roast is planned for 6 p.m. July 15 with multiple family activities at Burns Community Center. More information is available at (620) 726-5819.
A glow-in-the-dark walk and run around the fairgrounds at 9 p.m. July 28 will benefit efforts of the new group Hillsboro Young Professionals to empower young people who live, work, learn, or play in Hillsboro.
Two courses will be offered — one mile and five kilometers. Registration for $20 includes a T-shirt and glow gear, while supplies last. Children ages 4 to 10 qualify for a $5 discount. Additional glowing swag is available for $5 more.
More information is available at (620) 947-3506.
Run, run, run
In the ninth annual “Run 4 Your Momma,” participants can choose to run a half marathon or a 5k fun run/walk. Cash will be awarded to top finishers. Strollers and dogs will be welcome. The half marathon will start at 6:30 a.m. The 5k fun run/walk will start at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 12. More information is available from email@example.com.
Plans for the 80th annual Florence Labor Day celebration are progressing. The three-day event will be Sept. 2, 3, and 4.
Saturday night entertainment will feature Brody Caster playing country and western music. A street dance featuring music from the 1980s by “The Banned” will follow.
Sunday evening will feature an 1880s baseball game followed by a watermelon seed-spitting contest and fireworks at dusk.
A parade, kids’ games, mutton bustin’, FFA “barnyard olympics” and other events will be Monday.
Times and schedules will be published later. More information is available at (620) 382-6434.
Sept. 16 will offer two events for arts and crafts lovers.
Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair is a downtown event featuring booths offering goods created by artists and food vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at (620) 947-3506.
Simultaneously, Marion’s annual Art in the Park and Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will offer art, entertainment, drawings for gift certificates, and shuttle bus service to Marion’s Central Park from designated parking lots. More information is available at (620) 382-3425.
Marion’s Old Settler’s Day on Sept. 30 will be a traditional homecoming for people who grew up in Marion. The celebration will feature a parade on Main St. along with food, entertainment, and games in Central Park.
Class reunions are typically conducted this weekend, and alumni graduating classes are honored during the community celebration. More information is available at (620) 382-3425.