Florence observed its 75th annual Labor Day celebration Sept. 1, 2, and 3. Most activities were well attended.
Saturday’s evening performance by Six Appeal drew the biggest crowd. A larger crowed than normal stayed for the street dance with the Riker Band performing.
Six Appeal sang the national anthem at the start of the 1860s vintage baseball game. Organizers from Chase County were pleased with the turnout of spectators. They said they rarely have a crowd that large. The line at the concession stand never ran out. Most items were $.50 or less. A favorite of the spectators was homemade root beer ice cream and ice cold watermelon.
Winners from the various events were:
Janis Shanklin, $100.
Labor Day 5K run
1. Jaclyn DeForest; 2. Jessica DeForest; 3. Kelly Linnens.
labor day 1k fun run
1. Aaron Riggs; 2. Corin Parmley; 3. Tyson Grimmett.
Soap box derby
1. Devon Ephraums; 2. Amy Gale; 3. Nathan Shields; 4. Caleb Van Coren.
Kids’ ranch rodeo
Rodeo King: Devon Ephraums; Rodeo Queen: Laura Savage.
1. Mia Riker; 2. Hanne McDemott; 3. Jeffrey Hedrick.
cow chip bingo
$100 winners: Reilly Reid and Brett Schneider.
1. Bob Hartnagel and Mike Warner; 2. Paul Alcorn and Michael Bright; 3. Jerod Shipman and Jeff Gore.
Pre-K to kindergarten: 1. Ava Case; 2. Josepha Inlow; 3. Brighton Diemer.
First and second grade: 1. Tristan Dye; 2. Ta’leah Stegman; 3. Jenna Sokoll.
Third and fourth grade: 1. Zach Nickel; 2. Gage Stephens; 3. Heidi Grimmett.
Fifth and sixth grade: 1. Evann Heidebrecht; 2. Corina Crabb; 3. Ashley Accard.
Seventh grade and up: 1. Jeremy Robinson; 2. Justin Heidebrecht; 3. Peyton Heidebrecht.
Pre-K to kindergarten: 1. Ava Case; 2. Colton Robinson; 3. Shyann Harris.
First and second grade: 1. Breanna Malloy; 2. Destiny Carr; 3. Analiece Tacha.
Third and fourth grade: 1. Heidi Grimmett; 2. Zach Nickel; 3. Gage Stephens.
Fifth and sixth grade: 1. Evann Heidebrecht; 2. Caleb Malloy; 3. Elizabeth Schaefers.
Seventh grade and up: 1. Justin Heidebrecht; 2. Devon Leroy; 3. Peyton Hiedebrecht.
Gunny sack race:
Pre-K to kindergarten: 1. Ava Case; 2. Abby Thalmann; 3. Josepha Inlow.
First and second grade: 1. Tristan Dye; 2. Jenna Sokoll; 3. Travis Stephens.
Third and fourth grade: 1. Zach Nickel; 2. Laura Savage; 3. Gage Stephens.
Fifth and sixth grade: 1. Evann Heidebrecht; 2. Corin Sokoll; 3. Elizabeth Schaefer.
Seventh grade and up: 1. Peyton Heidebrecht; 2. Justin Heidebrecht; 3. Devon Leroy.
1. Justice Darnell; 2. Ava Case; 3. Colton Robinson.