Florence gearing up for Labor Day

The Florence Labor Day Committee is finalizing plans for this year’s events. Some old favorites will be returning, some past events are taking a break this year and, as usual, the committee has a few new tricks up its sleeve, according to Scott Zogelman, committee chair.

The 2001 Labor Day Buttons soon will be on sale for $3. This year’s button was designed by Mark Lewman, who had the winning entry last year, too. Labor Day T-shirts will carry a similar look to the button. The button will be required for admission for some events and for a drawing for a cash prize of $129.

“Even if the button didn’t get you a thing, you should still buy one for every member of your family,” Zogelman said. “Where else does $3 get you an entire weekend of entertainment?”

The weekend of activities kicks off Saturday morning with the city-wide garage sales. People wishing to list their sale on the official map should call Cindy Holt. The $5 charge helps pay for the advertising, Zogelman said.

“In the past few years there have been certain people who like to cash in on the efforts of the city-wide organizers without chipping in their $5,” Zogelman said.

Garage-sale shoppers can pick up their official maps Saturday morning at the Labor Day Committee booth on the west lawn of Trav’s Tire & Auto at 5th and Main streets. The committee will be selling doughnuts, juice and coffee there, too.

Several of this year’s events seem to be centered on food, Zogelman said. One of the new events will immediately follow the community church service in Grandview Park.

“Everyone is invited to join us for the first ‘Potluck in the Park,'” Zogelman said. “Bring your favorite covered dish, whether it be meat, vegetable, salad, dessert or anything else that sounds good.”

Those who come for the potluck should also bring their own table service, including glasses. The committee will provide ice and drinks.

“Even if you can’t make it to the church service, please join in for some food and fellowship,” Zogelman said.

Women who are tired of their husbands telling them how to drive will have a chance to get even on Labor Day. The Florence Ambulance Department is sponsoring the “Back Seat Driving Contest.”

“You’ll get your chance to tell him how to drive,” Zogelman said. “But be nice, because at the end of the course the table may get turned and you will find yourself in the driver’s seat.”

For more contest information or to sign up, contact Tony Leeds at 620-878-4338. The winners will receive “some really fabulous prizes,” according to Zogelman.

The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3. The entries will line up at at 10:30 in front of the Catholic church at 8th and Marion.

For more information about the parade contact Patty Williams 878-4710 or Scott Zogelman 878-4337.

Another long-standing event is the Soap Box Derby. Once again, pint-sized racers will whiz down the 6th Street hill.

“In the past few years there have been declining numbers in this event, which is a shame,” Zogelman said. “Building and racing a soap box car is a good family project. There are even some cars out there for sale.”

Anyone wanting to know more about the derby or car specifications can contact Travis Parmley at 878-4393 or 878-4707.

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