The working-class city of Bellevue has for many generations been the place to be for Labor Day. This weekend, the city will celebrate its 90th annual Labor Day Celebration with a parade, live music and entertainment for all.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Past, Present and Future,” and will represent the frontier history and current events of a town in transition.
“The Bellevue Labor Day Celebration is a great way to spend two days with your family,” said Mayor Chris Koch. “Sunday is a fun day of music, food and games. On Monday, we have the most eclectic parade in the county, everything from antique tractors to hot rods and horses.”
There will be no festivities on Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, music, food, children’s games and crafts start at 1 p.m. and run until 7 p.m., at Memorial Park.
On Sunday, the three-on-three Basketball Tourney, sponsored by Wood River High School boys basketball, starts at 10 a.m. at the basketball courts in Memorial Park. To register, email Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org
At 1 p.m., Memorial Park will come alive with music, food vendors, children’s games, and arts-and-crafts booths. There will also be a chance to dunk notable local people at the dunk tank, always for a good cause.
Labor Day Committee Chair Jana Orchard said that this year, the celebration will revitalize kids games from many years ago, including the three-legged races, sack race and egg toss.
“The old standards,” said Orchard. “And there will be prizes.”
Live music will run until 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, featuring numerous local bands.
Monday is when Labor Day hits full steam in Bellevue, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast at the Bellevue Community Church from 8-11 a.m.
The annual 5K walk/run, benefitting the Bellevue Fire Department, begins at 9 a.m. at the east side of Memorial Park. To register, go to www.imathlete.com/events/bldc5kilo/register. Cost is $20 to register online and $30 to register on the day of the event.
The Main Street Parade will begin at noon. Parade entries can line up at 11 a.m. on Birch Street at the north end of town. Past years have had steam-powered tractors and horse- and mule-drawn wagons, as well as modern vehicles and contemporary parade floats. The parade will feature many well-known community and business leaders.
Many other events take place in Bellevue on Memorial Day, including an assortment of food vendors at Memorial Park, where locals and out-of-towners can peruse arts-and-crafts booths and enjoy one another’s company in front of the music stage.
“This event is two days of reconnecting with friends and family,” Koch said. “I know lots of people who love to eat their way around the park, because there are so many different food vendors.”
Some of the Wood River Valley’s best cooks will also participate in the baked-goods contest, dropping off goods for judging by 1:30 p.m. at the Blaine County Heritage Court tent at the south end of Memorial Park.
“The Heritage Court ladies love judging the baked goods,” Orchard said.
Judging will take place at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31:
1 p.m.—Dewey Pickette & Howe
2 p.m.—Mia Edsal Trio
3:45 p.m.—Slow Children Playing
5 p.m.—Rick Hole
6 p.m.—Echoes-Pink Floyd tribute
Monday, Sept. 1:
1 p.m.—The Hitchhikers
2:15 p.m.—Spike Coggins
3 p.m.—Hat Trick
4 p.m.—Rhythm Rangers
5:15 p.m.—Kim Stocking Band