Friday, September 2, 2011

News Gazette: Pageant Winners To Lead Off Buena Vista Labor Day Parade

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Full Day Of Activities Planned In City, Rockbridge Baths

Beauty pageant winners, politicians, cloggers and musical performers will take center stage for Buena Vista’s 41st annual LaborFest, which takes place all day this Monday, Sept. 5.

Early morning political breakfasts and stump speeches at Glen Maury Park will usher in the fall political campaign season. The Labor Day parade will be led by Grand Marshal Miss USA Ashley Smith, along with Miss USA Teen Ashley Greenfield, Ms. USA Laura Ellers and Miss Junior Teen Virginia Shania Weaver.

In Rockbridge Baths, a Labor Day festival will be held at the firehouse. Festivities include a gigantic yard and craft sale starting at 8 a.m., a Little Miss and Mr. RBVFD Fire Chief Pageant from 9 to 11:30 a.m., live music and dancing beginning at noon, and a car, truck, tractor and motorcycle show from 1 to 3 p.m.

Musical performers in Rockbridge Baths include Dolly Fridley and Al Wimer at noon, Lonewolf from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and Larry Conner and Crossfire from 4 to 6 p.m.. The Thunder Valley Cloggers will perform at 3 p.m.
In Buena Vista, the Parry McCluer High School cross country team is sponsoring a 5K road race that begins at 8:30 a.m. at Camden Field.

Buena Vista’s Labor Day parade heads down Magnolia Avenue, beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a car show at the park that starts at 10 a.m. An opening ceremony for Laborfest will be held at the park at approximately 11 a.m., to be followed by the traditional political speeches.

The Buena Vista Junior Woman’s Club will be holding its annual baby contest at the park at 12:30 p.m. Registration will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the park’s skating ring. Ages are from newborn to 36 months, and the entry fee is $5.

Among the happenings at the park will be an arts and crafts show and sale, amusement park rides by Buffalo Brothers, children’s pony rides and activities by Kid’s University.

Musical entertainment at the park begins at 2 p.m. with a performance by the local gospel group, Wonder. The Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers will perform at 3:30 p.m., and will be followed by the Rebels of Rhythm Cloggers. Fun-time activities are scheduled for 4:30 p.m., with musical headliner Casper beginning its concert at 5 p.m.
The day’s activities will conclude with a fireworks display, weather permitting, at 8:30 p.m.

The local Democratic Party will be holding its breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Parry McCluer High School. To order tickets, call Mary Whitten at 261-2974.

The local Republican Party will have its breakfast in the American Legion building at 8 a.m., with the doors opening at 7:15. Tickets can be ordered by calling Debbie Garrett at 261- 3940, or e-mailing her at debbie.

Buena Vista’s Labor Day celebration actually begins the day before, on Sunday at 7 p.m., with a vespers service gospel concert at the park featuring Glen Shelton.

This is part of the August 31, 2011 online edition of The News-Gazette.

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