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Hoisington Chamber announces Labor Day Parade theme
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The Hoisington High School band and cheer team are perennial favorites at the annual Labor Day Parade. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

HOISINGTON — The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce Labor Day Committee has set plans in motion for the 120th Annual Celebration scheduled Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5.
“The Labor Day Committee is excited to announce the theme for this year’s celebration, and we believe that it will be a theme that many will find extremely fun to run with in all of the weekend’s marketing and activities,” said Kristi Smith Lovett, Chamber vice president.
The theme for the 120th Annual Hoisington Labor Day Celebration is “Celebrating a Dozen Decades!” This theme will be woven throughout the events and marketing for the weekend, there will be chances for the public to interact and help.
Starting July 1, the public can find out more about these events and download registration forms on the Chamber’s website at Chamber representatives are also in the process of creating a logo for the celebration.

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With this theme, sponsors hope to incorporate 120 years of Hoisington Labor Day memories into the weekend, Lovett said.
“One way we are looking to do this is that we will be collecting photographs of Labor Days past for a fun display. We hope that the theme will encourage tons of fun ideas for Labor Day Parade floats. The committee is also finding fun ways to assign a decade to several of the weekend’s major events. For instance, the kids’ parade will be 1950s themed, and dressing up will be encouraged.”

Even better
Some notable changes for this year include: Ottaway Carnival returning with a big four-day show; Demolition Derby adding a fourth competition class; a new decorated car “Float Category” for the parade; the possible return of the 3-on-3 Basketball tournament; and additional vendors for parade day.
This month, sponsorship letters are being mailed out to local and area businesses. Anyone who would like to help sponsor an event or help with planning may call the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce, 620-653-4311. Volunteer sign-ups will begin in August. It takes hundreds of volunteers to pull off a weekend as large and full as this one.