Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bellevue Labor Day celebration adds events all over town

Chamber celebrates ‘Bellevue past, present and future’

Express Staff Writer

    The city of Bellevue has for generations been a hotspot of community activity on Labor Day. This year’s parade and festivities will include tours of the historic Minnie Moore Mine, an ice-cream social and a good old-fashioned bake-off.
    The theme for the 88th annual  Bellevue Labor Day Celebration is “Bellevue Past, Present and Future.”
    Ground zero for most of the weekend’s festivities will be Memorial Park at Cedar and Third streets, where bands will play on Sunday and Monday, and numerous events will take place, including chili cook-offs, BMX skills training, a water-balloon maze, and arts and crafts.

“The chamber has done an amazing job this year.”
Chris Koch

    “Labor Day means the end of summer and looking forward to fall, a good time for family and friends who may not have seen each other all summer,” said Mayor Chris Koch. “The chamber of commerce has done an amazing job this year, changing it up a little bit and giving it more of a home-town feel.
    Koch will be running one of the family bingo contests at the Memorial Park Pavilion on Monday.
    Weekend festivities begin Saturday, Sept. 1, with tours of the Minne Moore mine on Broadford Road, beginning at the mine entrance about one mile south of the Broadford Road Bridge at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Bellevue’s free Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social and a Pictorial Historical Display will follow at 3 p.m. on the lawn at the Bellevue Historical Museum at the corner of Main and Cedar streets. Following the Hailey rodeo on Saturday evening, there will be an after-party at Mahoney’s Bar & Grill, 104 S. Main St. in Bellevue, featuring live entertainment.
    On Sunday, Sept. 2, the celebration will continues at Memorial Park with food and craft vendors, a beer garden and a water-balloon maze on Fourth Street between Cedar and Cottonwood. There will also be train rides, a bouncy house and other events for kids.
    The bands will start up at 1:30 p.m. The lineup includes the Boulder Brothers, Latino X, the Sofa Kings, Holistic Meditation, Community Family Entertainment, Spare Change and the Paddy Wagon Band.
    On Monday, Sept. 3, the Labor Day Holiday kicks into full gear with a Community Pancake Breakfast on the Bellevue Community Church lawn at 309 E. Cedar St., across from Memorial Park, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Participants are invited to “all-you-can-eat pancakes.” Those are not too stuffed afterward can participate in a 5K Fun Walk & Run at 9 a.m. starting at Memorial Park.

State Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, rides in the Bellevue Labor Day Parade.
Express file photos

    Bellevue’s Old Fashioned Bake-Off will take place at the Bellevue Community Church kitchen. People who wish to compete should drop off their baked goods or preserves for judging by 11:30 a.m. Awards will be announced on the Main Stage around 1:30 p.m.
    The Labor Day parade will begin at noon, with numerous floats, antique farm machinery and representatives from the Bellevue business community riding on wagons and in colorful automobiles.  
    The Labor Day Celebration will continue at Bellevue Memorial Park following the parade, with a Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Wood River Masons, a BMX skill-building obstacle course on Fourth Street between Cedar and Cottonwood, a Junior Deputies Identikit program, children’s booths, panning for gold and more fun activities for kids.
    Live entertainment begins around 1 p.m. The lineup includes Wood River Folkloric Dancers, the Rocky Top Cloggers, the Idaho Fiddlers, cowboy poets Dan Shoemaker and Mick Halverson, Community Family Entertainment, the Paddy Wagon Band and Muzzy Braun.
    For a more relaxed afternoon, family bingo will take place at the Memorial Park Pavilion at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A family basketball tournament will begin at 2 p.m. on the Memorial Park basketball courts.
    Free organized games for kids will be played on the church lawn from 3-5 p.m.     

Tony Evans:

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