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Labor Day Flyer

Essex, Iowa
Annual Labor Day Celebration
September 1st-3rd
 Celebrations Since 1910!!

"Making Memories"


Tentative Items black, confirmed items red


Day Event                                     Chair  Phone


August 26, 2018

   (712) unless noted

 2pm 2018 Miss Essex / Little Miss Essex Crowning 
Held at Trojan Hall ~ EHS ~ $1.00 Admission  
Little Miss Essex Entry      Miss Essex Entry 
Mary Ohnmacht
Brenda Franks


 August 31, 2018


4-7pm  Farmers Market - Downtown
Stop in for fresh produce, baked items, crafts, etc.


 September 2, 2018


 10am        Community Worship Service at St. John's Church
Pastor Ann Albert, St. John's Lutheran Church
Pastor Gordon Scott, Faith Evangelical Covenant Church
       Pastor Rick Sleyster, First Presbyterian Church
       Church is now handicap Accessible & Air conditioned!
 11am-1pm Picnic Lunch following Community Church Service
~ St. John's Lutheran Church * Free will donation
St John's Lutheran Church Members
 1-3 pm Kids Water Fights ~ SW Corner Anderson Park
      Hosted by Essex Fire Fighters
      Fights begin approximately 1:30 ~ You must sign-in at 1pm.
     Ages 3-12.  Ribbons awarded for 1st/2nd/3rd place each age group.
Fire Fighters
Todd & Becki Franks
 2-4pm All School Reunion - Trojan Hall EHS   Pat Leece  
3:30-6:30pm Homemade Pie & Ice Cream ~ Anderson Park
Grand Marshal Photo 5:15 - all past & current Grand Marshals are invited to the group photo.
Dana Wenstrand & Tish Glasgo 370-5149
3:30-4:30pm Sidewalk Chalk - Anderson Park
Free activity for kids of all ages! Sidewalk chalk provided.  
Dana Wenstrand &  Candice Liljedahl 370-5149
4-8pm Inflatables - Anderson Park
Wristband or Ticket Options
Essex Child Center
Laura Kirchert
Food Stands
 4-8 PM Essex Child Center concessions including nachos, jumbo freeezies, cookies, water, soda, gatorade - Anderson Park
     3:30-6 (or until gone) Homemade pie, ice cream by Essex Community Club - Anderson Park
     4-8 pm Rollin' Smoke BBQ  Anderson Park
     7-9 PM @Essex Community School  - Concession Stand

 4pm Children's Pedal Tractor Pull ~ Anderson Park
     Classes by Age * 4-12 Yr Olds * Awards * Qualification for State 4pm ~ Registration  *  4:30pm ~ Pulling Begins
Sponsored by
 4-11 pm Sand/Grass Volleyball Tournament ~  Anderson Park
   Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament
Contact Nicole Wenstrand or Bethann Tillman for info   712-370-1408
 5-7pm BINGO!  ~ Anderson Park -- Picnic Shelter
     Hosted by Essex American Legion Auxiliary 
Essex American Legion Auxiliary  
 6pm Bathtub Races ~ Fremont Farmers 4-H Club
     Denison Street ~ West Side of Anderson Park
     Registration ~ 5:30
Alicia Johnson
7-9pm Home Run Derby~Essex Ball Field
   Sponsored by Essex Community School Athletic Department. Each hitter will have 4 minutes to hit as many home runs as possible!
Concessions available: hamburgers, hotdogs, candy & pop   Flyer & Entry Information
Jay Soderberg
7-11 pm Live Local Music~  Anderson Park


 September 3, 2018


 7am Fun Run/Walk  ~ 6:30am Registration - Start at EHS 
     Hosted by ECC* Sponsored by MCMH    Entry Form   Flyer
 8-11am Pancake & Sausage Breakfast ~ Fire Station           
    Hosted by Essex Fire Fighters Assn.    
Fire Fighters  379-3711
 8am-All Day! Market ~ Antique, Collectibles, Crafts, Etc.  
    Anderson Park      Market Flyer/Application
Melissa  Chambers
 8am-Noon Book Sale ~  Essex Lied Library. Items 25cents!

Crystal Dooley  
 9am-noon Antique & Classic Car Show ~ Downtown
   "ECC Currency" as Prizes. Registration starts 9 AM. Awards at Noon. Parade Optional.  Flyer & information
Candice & Drew Liljedahl
 9am-2pm Antique Tractor Show ~ Downtown ECC
Eric Ackerberg
 10am-4pm Food Stands ~ Anderson Park & Downtown
  Page County Pork Producers - Pork Chop on a Stick!
       Page County Cattlemen - Ribeye Sandwich, Hamburger, 1/4 lb all beef hotdog! ~ Cattlemen's Proceeds to Essex Child Center
       Sonrisers Kettlecorn & Lemonade!  (8am-after parade)
       Essex School National Honor Society Homemade Ice Cream(Chocolate & Vanilla)
Essex Childcare Center concessions incl. nachos, beverages, cookies, jumbo freezies!
      Rollin' Smoke BBQ - Pulled Pork Sandwiches, BBQ Nachos, Mac & Cheese Loaded - 10am until sold out
 10am Beautiful Baby Contest ~  Anderson Park Bandstand  
    Ages 0-24 Months ~ 2 Categories ~ "Best Dressed" & "Cutie"
 10:30am-? Cake Walk ~  Memorial Park Gazebo 
    A traditional cake walk for children thru adults. Handicap accessible. $2 per "walk".
Study & Service Club 515-851-9076
 11am-4pm Inflatables - Anderson Park
Wristband or Ticket Options
Essex Child Center  
 11am-1pm Baked Potato Dinner ~ First Presbyterian Church
  Baked Potato with toppings, homemade bars & drinks!
       Church is handicap accessible & air conditioned!
Clint Hascall 402-616-6865
11am-2pm Come enjoy Live Music in the Park Anderson Park  
 2pm Parade ~  Line Up Starting at 11am
Judging at 12:45pm Pre-registration is NOT required
Parade Entry Rules Parade Route

Mike & Kathleen Johnson
 370-6736 (Mike)
 4pm Demolition Derby ~ NE Corner of Essex 
    Sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts
Advance Tickets at O'Reilly's $7.00 ~ $10 at Gate
    3 Classes: Compact, Modified, Stock
    Vehicle Check-In from 1:30-3:30pm 
   Food & Beverage Stands ~ Essex School Athletic Dept.
Thanks to all our Derby Sponsors: O'Reilly Auto Parts, Bank Iowa, Mills Co. Fair,  Sorensen Auto
Essex Community Club Event

Show Manager: Austin Terry   



Demo Derby Flyer   Demo Derby Rules                             Pre-Registration     Registration Day of Derby

Power Wheel Derby! ~  Ages 4-9, Must be registered by 3:30. Consent Form must be signed by parent at time of registration.
Power Wheel Rules               Consent Form

Austin Terry 215-2530




        If you are interested in hosting a fund raising event, please contact
        Labor Day Organizers at
        All vendor permits ~ Inform chair of plans by May 15, 2018. 
                                        Application & payment due by June 15, 2018.
2018 Food Vendor Permit Application 
2018 Street Permit Application 
Labor Day Vendor Ordinance - City of Essex
        * Local businesses & local non-profit organizations are given first consideration for
           Food Vendor & Street Vendor Permits during the Labor Day celebration.