Florence’s 75th Labor Day Celebration will feature new events and concerts


The 75th annual Florence Labor Day Celebration will include several feature events Sept. 1-3, including an a capella vocal concert, a street dance, 5K and 1-mile runs and a vintage baseball game.

Six Appeal, a popular singing group with a local connection, will take the main stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

The a cappella group’s songs span the decades with classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes.

Featuring vocal dexterity and adventurous song selection, the group explores all genres with a far-reaching repertoire that will surprise and captivate audiences regardless of the setting, planners said. The group features the local talent of Michael Brookens.

A $5 Florence Labor Day button is required for admission. They can be purchased in area stores or at the gate.

Following the concert at 9 p.m., a street dance kicks off on Main Street featuring the music of the Riker Band.

Steve Riker is a former member of the classic rock band Head East. Along with his twin sons Seth and Stephen, the band plays familiar hits from the 1950s through the 1980s and original songs written by the Riker twins.

To top off the show, the band will play Head East hits such as “Love Me Tonight” and “Never Been Any Reason.” A Labor Day button is required for admission.

One of the main attractions at this year’s celebration will be an 1860s vintage baseball game between the Chase County Preservationists and Harvey Boys at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 2, at 9th & Barker streets.

Game uniforms and rules are from the 1860s era. Spectators are encouraged to come dressed in 1860s attire.

An ice cream social will be part of the evening, starting at 6 p.m. Concessions will be served by the Florence Labor Day Committee. A Labor Day button will be required for admission.

A 5K run and 1-mile fun run are scheduled for Sept. 3. The starting and finishing line will be at the gym located at Seventh and Dean streets. The 5K run starts promptly at 8 a.m. followed by the 1-mile fun run at 8:45 a.m.

The event is a family-friendly run/walk through the city of Florence. Each finisher receives a medal at the finish line.

Packets can be picked up at Cottonwood Valley Bank in Florence from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, or at the starting line the day of the event.

Early bird registration by Aug. 27 is $15 (5K) and $10 (1-mile). From Aug. 28 through race day the fee is $20 (5K) and $15 (1-mile). For more information and entry forms contact Beki Zook at 316-706-8580 or r2zook@aol.com.

The event is sponsored by the Florence Labor Day Committee.


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