Diagonal Labor Day festivities set
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The Diagonal community is gearing up for another big Lions Club Labor Day celebration that will run from Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7.
Saturday, September 5
The fun kicks off Saturday with the Diagonal Smoke meat smoking competition, a UTV poker run and the Fogle Lake Fun Run sponsored by the PTO.
Smoke competitors will meet a 7:30 a.m. at the fire station for a pit meeting prior to firing up their grills.
Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m. with public serving running from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, contact Michael Bentley at 641-202-1983.
The Ringgold Outdoor Alliance is sponsoring a UTV poker run Saturday afternoon.
Sign-up begins from 12:30-2 p.m. on the east side of the Diagonal Fire Station.
Route maps with five stops and contest runs will be available at sign-up.
All contestants must return to the fire station by 4:30 p.m., with prizes to be awarded by 5:30 p.m.
The cost to participate is $10 per hand or six hands for $50. Participants may purchase an unlimited number of hands.
Prizes will be awarded to the top two hands and to the worst hand. Ties will be broken with a five-card draw.
Proceeds from the poker run will be split equally between the DHS Junior Class After Prom and winners of cash prizes.
For more information, contact Jim Johnson at 641-745-7786.
Registration for the Fogle Lake Fun Run will take place at 7 p.m..
Participants will each receive a free glow stick.
For more information, contact Sarah Gunsolley at 641-660-6837.Sunday, September 6
The action really revs up Sunday as a full day of activities and contests are planned.
An outdoor church service is planned for 10-11 a.m. In case of rain, the service will be held at the church.
Registration for the car and motorcycle show will run from 9-11 a.m. with judging taking place at noon. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Rob Graham at 340-1994.
The kids’ pedal pull will begin at 11 a.m. at the north end of Broadway. Contact Jim Newton at 641-344-1893.
The first of many of the Labor Day pulls begins with a “celebrity pull” on the track from 12-1 p.m. Entries are limited. Contact JP Whittington at 641-340-0769 for more information.
The three-on-three basketball tournament gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Competitors of all ages are asked to sign up under the water tower at 10 a.m. A lawnmower demo derby will run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on the track. Contact Chuck Hulett at 641-202-2262 for more information.
A fishing derby for kids ages 5-16 will begin at Fogle Lake at 2:30 p.m. Poles will be available, and prizes will be awarded. Contact Jason Smith at 641-344-2262 for more information.
The tractor distance pull will begin at 3:30 p.m. and last all evening. Trucks and tractors will compete in eight different divisions with over $5,000 in prize money awarded.
A bean bag toss tournament will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the Community Building lawn. Contact either Kasydi Klommhaus at 641-234-0278 or Kaitlyn Klommhaus at 641-234-0258 for details.
The annual fireworks spectacular will light up the night skies following the conclusion of the tractor pull at approximately 9:30 p.m. Viewing from Fogle Lake is recommended.
Monday, September 7
The “Mammoth Parade” will get under way at 10 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “2020 Moving Forward.”
The dirt track bike races begin at 11:30 a.m. Contact Clint Kniep at 641-344-0623 for more information.
At 1 p.m. the garden tractor pull for kids ages 14 and under will be held at the top of Main Street. The competition is open to those capable of all operation with no help.
Free watermelon will be served Monday afternoon.
The pickup and farm tractor distance pull will begin at 1 p.m. Competition is open to two-wheel and four-wheel drive tractors, stock and modified, diesel and farm tractor classes. Contact JP Whittington at 641-340-0769 for more information. A nickle scramble for the kids will take place at 4 p.m.
The ducks in the Duck Regatta will be released at 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded with the first place prize earning $1,000, second $500, third $250, fourth $100 and fourth through tenth earning $50. Tickets will be available up to 4 p.m. September 2.
Besides the scheduled events, a number of other activities will run both Sunday and Monday. These include a junior class fund raiser with kids games, face painting and a space pillow.
Bingo will run from 7-8:30 p.m. both days. In addition to the regular games, two games daily will be worth $50 in prize money.
Another popular activity, the 50/50 drawing will again be held this year.
The Printing Museum and Genealogy Center will be open Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The DHS junior class will also hold a fund-raiser.
Food will be available at all times in the park.