Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the summer, and three Vernon County communities are offering events for people to close out the season.
The village’s 36th annual Labor Day Celebration is Friday through Monday.
Saturday is Kids Day, with bike races at 11:30 a.m.; registration is at 9:30 a.m. The 4-5-year-old miniature king and queen competition follows the bike races.
Saturday also features a 5K run/walk; registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. In addition, the fire department will serve a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. and host a dance at 8 p.m.
The day also includes a bean bag tournament and a visit by a Vernon County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit at 1 p.m.
The fourth annual Readstown Tractor Pull will be held Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s weigh-in is at 3 p.m. with the pull set to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday’s weigh-in is at 10 a.m. and the pull will start at noon. For more information on the tractor pull, contact Jim at (608) 606-3798 or Todd at (608) 606-0207.
Monday’s events include barbeque chicken served from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and the parade at 2 p.m.
The Kickapoo Wrestling Club will serve lunch Friday, Saturday Sunday and Monday. All four days will also feature softball and co-ed tournaments; the championship games will be on Monday.
The 59th annual Hillsboro Firemen’s Labor Day Celebration Fundraiser will be held Friday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 3.
The celebration opens Friday at 6 p.m. with free carnival rides, a softball tournament and the American Mini Pullers Inc. garden tractor pull at 7 p.m.
Saturday begins with St. Joseph’s Hospital Fun Run Wellness Walk 5K and 10K at 9 a.m. The sheep show is at 10:30 a.m. with the beef show to follow.
In addition, Saturday features firemen’s barbeque chicken dinners being served at noon and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. (The rain date for the display, which is sponsored by the city of Hillsboro, is Sunday after bull riding.)
Sunday includes a goat show at 10 a.m. followed by the dairy show, Hillsboro Lions Club bingo at 1 p.m. and a pedal tractor pull at 5 p.m. Barbeque chicken dinners will be served again, starting at noon.
The rodeo returns on Sunday with ranch sorting at 10 a.m., bull futurity (bucking bull contest) at 1 p.m., barrel racing at 4:30 p.m. and bull riding and mutton busting at 7 p.m.
Monday’s events include the Hillsboro Firemen’s Labor Day Parade at 10:30 a.m., ranch rodeo at 11 a.m., barbeque chicken dinners at noon and the Labor Day Queens contest at 2 p.m.
All four days feature free carnival rides, tractor pulls, softball tournament and live bands. In addition, there is the firemen’s beer tent and kitchen.
Admission prices are $25 for a wristband at the gate ($20 pre-weekend); Friday $10, Saturday and Sunday $15, Monday $12, seniors $8 per day and children 4 and under free.
Pre-weekend wristbands are available online or at the following Hillsboro locations: Farmers State Bank, Royal Bank, Country Market, Hillsboro Co-op, Hardware Hank, Station 2 Pub and The Cheese Store.
A complete schedule of events can be found at www.hillsborofire.info.
The Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department is holding its 53rd annual Labor Day Weekend Picnic, Friday-Sunday, at the Stoddard Village Park.
This event includes three different softball tournaments. On Saturday and Sunday there will be inflatable playground equipment for children, magic shows and the Stoddard Lions and Lionesses providing food and refreshments all weekend long.
The La Crosse American Legion Voitures 40&8 train will run from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday; and there will be PK’s Best Ever Chicken Que, Sunday, from 11 a.m. until it’s sold out. There are many other events, including Family Movie Night at 8:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Also, on Sunday, there will be a demonstration by the Vernon County K-9 Unit at 1 p.m. and the kids sawdust pile at 2 p.m.
All weekend long the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department will have available it’s Fire Safety and Equipment Display.
The event includes “2Can Karaoke & DJ” on Friday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; “DJ Doctors Karaoke” on Saturday, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; and the band Spin Off, Saturday, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.