Marion County residents had a potpourri of Labor Day events to choose from over the weekend. On Sunday, a concert by rising country music star Candy Coburn (left) capped a day of family activities, fireworks and food at the Marion County Fire Chiefs Association fundraiser at Marion County Lake. About 600 people came to the concert, which included a preliminary performance by the band Justus. Ben Steketee, Hillsboro fire chief, said the concerts and the overall event was well received, but did not draw the size of crowd the organization had hoped.
Florence Labor Day Celebration drew people again for its weekend of activities. In the left photo below, the Wichita Caledonian Pipes and Drums Corps marches in the parade on Monday morning before giving an hour-long concert to several hundred listeners gathered across from the stage in front of Cottonwood Valley Bank. In the right photo, Donna McClure of the “Pretty Damn Tasty” barbecue team checks on the brisket cooking in a smoker designed by Burns resident Ron Goodwin during Monday’s competition. The McClures have attended the Florence event every year since its inception, and have been bringing their savory stylings to such gatherings since 1982.