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Natoma to host labor day celebration

Published on -8/22/2013, 1:46 PM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

NATOMA -- The Natoma community will celebrate 125 years of pioneer spirit during Labor Day weekend.

Community leaders representing churches, organizations, businesses, schools and families gathered for a final planning meeting in city hall with mayor Dale Eickhoff on Aug. 5.

Most of the volunteers are third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation descendants from the original pioneer settlers in Osborne County. Their enthusiasm for the small rural community will be experienced through their effort in bringing fun, food and fellowship for all ages during the three-day event.

The Labor Day celebration begins Aug. 31 with mud volleyball teams sign up to compete at 10 a.m. The public is invited to a Saturday night dance from 9 p.m. to midnight with the Jimmy Dee Band on the tennis court located in Natoma City Park.

A Natoma baseball team will host the Russell Prairie Clippers at 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Dressed in turn-of-the-century baseball uniforms, the Clippers will use original 1860 rules for the event on the Natoma baseball field adjacent to Kansas Highway 18.

A chili supper will be at 5 p.m. provided by Maier Angus Ranch in the city park. Hearts will be lifted during the first annual Gospel Music Festival, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 2 events will begin with a Heritage Seeker breakfast at 7 a.m. in the community center. Sign-ups for a 5K run will follow at 7:30 a.m. A car show benefit for the Natoma volunteer rural fire department is open to cars, tractors and motorcycles. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The American Legion Auxiliary will have a veterans display, bake sale and auction beginning at 9 a.m.. Scheduled events include children's games, FFA greased pig competition, Nex-Tech train, historical museum exhibits, Hachmeister exotic animals, Public Library's "Clothes Line Art" for students, Lions Club barbecue and music by Roger Cooper at 11 a.m.

In celebrating the 150th commemoration of the Emancipation proclamation, re-enactors of Abe and Mary Lincoln will be special guests. The "Prairie Duchess," a story teller, will perform at 5 p.m.

A grand celebration parade begins at 2 p.m. with sign-ups under the tree at West Avenue and Second Street. In celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Kansas Highway Patrol, vintage patrol cars will be featured, along with a variety of exciting entries.

Following the parade, the Historical Museum grand opening will be at 3:30 p.m. with gun historian Will Johnson. The celebration will conclude with music by Jeremy Long and a free barbecue at 5:30 p.m. in the city park.

Attending the final meeting were seated left to right: Diane Masters, Mary Murphy, Bonnie Schamberger, Barbara and David Griffin, Ed Breit, Mayor Dale Eickhoff, Mary Ann Breit, Della Richmond, and David Elliot. Standing: Beverly Hachmeister, Bob Prockish, Ken Baudin, Iva Maier, Ronda Hitschmann, Ginger Murphy, Roger and Gwen Cooper, Terry and Laah Tucker.

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