Labor Day weekend events in the Heartland

(KFVS) - Several communities in the Heartland are holding Labor Day weekend festivities.

Hwy. 61 Yard Sale: The 61 Yard Sale will be August 30 through September 1.

It runs over 100 miles, starting in Jackson, Mo. and ending in Bloomsdale, Mo.

Last year, organizers say there were more than 300 yard sales and shoppers from all over the country.

For more information, you can click here to visit the yard sale website.

Advance, MO: The annual Labor Day Picnic will be held at Umphleet Park. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Festivities includes rides for children, food vendors, and musical entertainment.

Benton, MO: Benton Neighbor days kick off Friday, Aug. 31 and run through Saturday Sept. 1.

Friday, Aug. 31:

  • 5 p.m. - registration for free prizes at the Chamber of Commerce booth. Hundreds of dollars worth of prizes will be given away Friday and Saturday.
  • 6:30 p.m. - Tiny Mister & Miss Neighbor Day, Little Mister & Miss Neighbor Day, Jr. Miss Neighbor Day, and Queen contest (about 8:30 p.m.) at the Midway Stage.
  • 9 p.m. - live entertainment by "Nite Shift"

Saturday, Sept. 1:

  • 6:30 a.m. - registration for 5K run (behind Benton Post Office)
  • 7:30 a.m. - 5K Run
  • 10:30 a.m. - parade
  • 11 a.m. - Midway opens with carnival rides.
  • 11:30 a.m. - antique car show
  • Noon - registration for mud race, register for volleyball and horseshoe tournament
  • 1 p.m. - games - water balloon toss, egg toss tug of war, nail driving, family scavenger hunt (registration 11 a.m. .to 1 p.m. )
  • 1 p.m. - horseshoe and volleyball tournaments
  • 2 p.m. - mud race
  • 6 p.m. - greased pole climb
  • 6:30 p.m. - talent show
  • 8:30 p.m. - lawnmower races - 4 classes
  • 9 p.m. to midnight - Anna Catherine Dellart & Dirt Road Express

Cambria, IL: The Cambria Christian Church will have a Labor Day Breakfast September 3 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

They will be serving scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, milk, coffee and orange juice. Take outs will be available.

Adults are $6.50 and children 10 and under are $3.50. The breakfast is the same day as Cambria Homecoming Festivities.

The church is located at 306 South Poplar Street.

Cape Girardeau, MO: The Lazy L Safari Park will be open during the Labor Day holiday weekend for camel and pony rides.

The rides will be operating Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 1-3 at the zoo for just $5 per rider.

Lucille the Dromedary Camel will be giving rides and you can visit the other camels, Dixie, Suzy and Camille in the main barn area along with all the other animals at the zoo. The park says Red Fred the Pony loves giving children a pony ride.

After Labor Day weekend, the hours of operation at Lazy L Safari Park will change and the zoo will be open to the public on weekends only (Saturday and Sunday) from 10 am to 6 p.m. for the rest of September and October. However, they say they will still be open during the weekdays (Monday thru Friday) for Birthday Parties, Group Tours or Venue Rentals with a reservation.

Lazy L Safari Park located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri is a walk-thru zoo featuring animals from antelope to zebras. Visitors can get up close and personal with over 40 different species of exotic animals. You'll also find a petting zoo, gift shop, picnic shelter, and snack shack.

For more information about the Lazy L Safari Park contact 573-243-7862 or visit You can get the latest updates from their Facebook Fan page.

Ellsinore, MO: The Labor Day Festivities sponsored by the East Carter County Booster Association in Ellsinore, Missouri have rescheduled all of this weekend's events. The events will take place next weekend, September 7 and 8 during the corresponding time frames the events were to be held this weekend. For any questions, please contact Betty Smith (573) 429-0775.

Kaskaskia, IL: The Kaskaskia Church picnic will be Sunday, Sept. 2.

It is 60 miles south of St. Louis and is the first settlement in Randolph County.

Directions: from Hwy 61 at St. Mary, MO; cross bridge, follow Kaskaskia Church Picnic signs. from Chester Bridge: take MO Hwy 51, right at Hwy H to Hwy 61. From I-55: Take St. Mary exit to Hwy 61.

There will be a Picnic Raffle Drawing at 7 p.m. that includes cash prizes. There will be quilt bingo, skills games, plants & crafts, country store, T-shirts, drinks, food (sausage, Bar-B-Q, kabobs, hamburgers), ice cream bars, kettle corn, and more. NO FOOD OR DRINK TO BE BROUGHT IN.

11: 45 a.m. sign up deadline for Horseshoe Tournament: Double Elimination; Draw for partners - entry fee is $5. For more information call Craig Doza at 573-883-9165.

There will also be a tractor pull & truck pull. Bring your own chairs.

Mass services will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Murphysboro, IL: There will be no fireworks in Murphysboro this weekend. The park district postponed its annual 4th of July celebration and thought about holding it during the Labor Day weekend. However, those plans have now been canceled. A future date has not been picked.

Olive Branch, IL: A Labor Day Festival will be held Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Horseshoe Lake Community Center. There will be a castle bounce house, face painting, train rides, games, crafts, prizes, hot dogs, nachos, and funnel cakes. The day starts with a 6:30 a.m. pancake breakfast and a BBQ at 10 a.m.

There will be music in the pavilion all day.

  • 9-10 a.m. - Gloryroad Travelers
  • 10:30-11 a.m. - Cairo United Men's Choir, Paul Jones
  • 11-11:30 a.m. - Julia Duff-Thrower
  • Noon-4 p.m. - Evan Web and the Beer 30 Band

Paducah, KY: The City of Paducah has released their 2012 Labor Day holiday schedule.

The schedules for different areas in Paducah includes:

City Hall: Located at 300 South 5th Street, will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 for the holiday

Engineering-Public Works Department:

  • The City of Paducah will not collect brush or limbs Monday, Sept. 3.
  • The trash collection schedule for the Labor Day week will not change.
  • The Compost Facility, located at 1560 North 8th Street will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 but will resume normal operating hours 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Robert Coleman Spraypark:

  • The spraypark is open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Parks Services Department plans to keep the Spraypark open until the weather turns significantly colder

Labor Day Parade:

The parade will be conducted by the Western Kentucky Labor Day Committee will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3. The parade will follow Broadway starting at 14th Street and ending at 2nd Street after making a turn onto 2nd Street toward Jefferson. Each year, the Labor Day Parade averages 60-70 entries. After the parade in the downtown parking lot between Broadway and Jefferson, there will be political speaking starting at noon, food and merchant vendors, inflatables for the kids, and four bands. The bands will play until 5 p.m. The Farmers' Market will be open.

According to the city, the downtown parking lot between Broadway and Jefferson will be closed to the public on Labor Day from 6 a.m. until the festivities end at 5 p.m. At 7 a.m. Broadway will be closed between 14th and 19th Streets to allow for the marshaling of the parade entries. Broadway from 14th Street to Water Street will close at 9 a.m. and remain closed until the parade safety passes.

The city says pets are allowed at parades. However, for the public's safety, Chapter 14 of the City of Paducah Code of Ordinances lists three requirements to bring a dog to a special community event such as a parade or festival. The dog must be:

  • Licensed by McCracken County Animal Control or by any other state or county
  • Restrained by a leash or other lead that is no longer than three feet
  • Restrained by a muzzle

Illinois: Illinois State Police statewide are reminding drivers to make safety their number one priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Labor Day weekend is one the busiest driving periods and thousands of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates nationwide.

ISP says Law Enforcement officials will push for ZERO fatalities by enforcing the four most common traffic violations: Speeding; DUI; seat belts; and distracted driving.

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