Labor Day events in the Heartland 2015 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Labor Day events in the Heartland 2015

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Do you have plans for Labor Day weekend? If not, check out our unofficial list of what's happening in the Heartland.

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Advance, MO

The annual Advance Labor Day Picnic will kick off Monday Sept. 7 with a parade through town at 10 a.m. The parade ends at Umfleet Park will there will be rides, fair food, a car show, pageants, and special singing. Jeff and Sheri Easter will provide special entertainment at noon and 5 p.m.

Benton, MO

Benton Neighbor Days will be in Benton, Mo. Friday, Sept. 4 through Saturday, Sept. 5. It has been celebrated since 1925. Activities include carnival rides, games, mud racing, volleyball tournaments, a greased-pole climb, and a parade.Admission is free to everyone and even pets are invited, as long as they are kept on a leash. Each ride is only $2. The festival is open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 4 and 10 a.m. to midnight Sept. 5.

Marble Hill, MO

Whippoorwill Lake in Marble Hill is hosting 50s Music at the Lake with a Little E. Radney Pennington, a young Branson Elvis impersonator, will perform a show Friday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. and two shows Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The show is free for campers and $10 for non-campers.

Route 61

The 61-Mile Yard Sale takes place every year over Labor Day weekend. It spans along Hwy. 61 from Bloomsdale to Jackson, Mo.

Lake Wappapello, MO

The 25-Mile Yard Sale near Poplar Bluff runs along Hwy. T from Thursday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 6. It starts at Jordan's Flea Market and runs up to Piso Point near Lake Wappapello.

Du Quoin, IL

The Du Quoin State Fair Races will be Sunday, Sept. 6 through Monday, Sept. 7.

Racing on Sunday will feature USAC Silver Crown cars and the UMP Modifieds. The Silver Crown competitors will be racing 100 laps, while Modifieds will be running their preliminary events to prepare for Monday. Racing begins at 7 with the Modified heats.

On Monday, the ARCA Racing Series will come to town for their 100 lap event, while the Modifieds will compete in their feature event. Racing begins at 12 with the Modified feature.

Paducah, KY

Paducah will holds its Labor Day Celebration, Monday, Sept. 7. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. It will follow Broadway starting at 14th Street. Once the parade reaches 7th Street, it will turn left, then right onto Jefferson Street until it ends at Water Street.

Union City, TN

Labor Day Party in the Park will be Monday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Discovery Park of America. Tickets are $10 plus tax. Events will include:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Registration
  • 11 a.m. - Center Stage: Cowboy Dan
  • Noon - UC Balloon Guy
  • 1 p.m. - Center Stage: Cowboy Dan
  • 2 p.m. - Center Stage: Magic Show
  • 2 p.m. - Cornhole Tournament
  • 3 p.m. - UC Balloon Guy
  • 3 p.m. - Center Stage: Magic Show

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During the Labor Day weekend, many families will be barbecuing, traveling to the lake and spending time outside for the last official weekend of summer. They'll most likely be including their pets in these activities.

The Humane Society of Missouri offered some hot weather tips in light of the holiday weekend at the current heat wave hitting the Midwest.

  • Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car when the temperature is near or above 70 degrees. In just minutes, the temperature inside the car can reach more than 100 degrees, regardless of whether a window is cracked. Leaving a pet in a hot, unattended care is inhumane and can cause severe injury or death within minutes. Harming a pet in this way is illegal, punishable by fines and imprisonment.
  • Act immediately if you see a distressed animal in an unattended car. Call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400. A pet showing signs of distress such as heavy panting, unresponsive behavior, seizure or collapse needs immediate attention.
  • When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside your home where it’s cool.
  • Immediately apply cold water to your pet’s extremities if they are showing signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, vomiting, lethargic behavior), and see your veterinarian promptly.
  • Make sure outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times. Secure plastic water bowls (never metal) to the ground so your pet can’t accidentally tip them over.
  • Don’t allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun; give them access to shade at all times of the day.
  • Take frequent water breaks if walking or jogging with your dog. Asphalt and concrete get hot quickly; you have rubber soles on your feet – your dog does not.
  • Never bicycle or rollerblade with a pet. Heat stroke and possible death can occur very quickly, particularly in hot weather.
  • Protect your pet against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, which are more prevalent during warm weather. Have them tested by a veterinarian for heartworm disease (mosquito-transmitted) and use heartworm prevention medication.
  • Avoid shaving a dog’s coat. A pet’s coat is designed by nature to keep it cool during the summer. Their fur also prevents sunburns. Giving long-haired dogs a trim is okay, but never shave them completely.

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