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Take a Road Trip This Weekend to Wagner for the 114th Labor Day Celebration

As South Dakota celebrates its 125th anniversary, Wagner is celebrating it’s 114th Labor Day Celebration.  I’ve attended the event for the last 44 years (yes, all my life).  I was born and raised in Wagner, South Dakota.  Every year, Wagner hosts a thee-day festival with a carnival midway, kids’ parade, Figure 8 race and many more family fun events.  The biggest event of the whole weekend is the Labor Day Parade.  It starts at 10am on Monday (September 1).  The theme this year is ‘Celebrating South Dakota’s 125th Annivesary.’  There will be floats, horses, classic cars and tractors, marching bands, politicians and so much more!

Here’s a list of events for the weekend.  We hope you can make it to Wagner for our annual Labor Day Celebration.

Merriam Midways Shows – All 3 days – Open at 12pm – Main Street

Festival in the Park – 10am-6pm Sunday and 9am-4pm Monday – Wagner City Park

Saturday, August 30

7:00 a.m. 22 Mile Bike Race – 8:00 a.m. Road Race, 3 Mile Walk/Run, 6 Mile Run, 6 Mile Bike

10 a.m. Kids’ Parade – 54 Cash Prizes

11 am to 5 pm -15th Annual Poker Run

12 pm – Kids Pedal Tractor Pull – Located on North Main in front of Dakota Bowl

7:30pm – Wagner Saddle Club Rodeo – Featuring 10 Major Events – Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Ladies Breakaway Roping, Old Men’s Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying

9pm – Dancing with the Stars – Doors open at 8pm – Featuring local talent – Wagner Armory (air conditioned)

Sunday, August 31

12pm – Figure 8 Race – Wagner Speedway

11am-1pm – Registration for the Veteran’s Labor Day Ride.  1pm Departure.

4-7pm – Ribs at McCormick – BBQ competition at McCormick Baseball Field

3-4pm – Registration for Bean Bag Tournament

5-7pm – Show and Shine Display – Car and Motorcycle – McCormick Field

7:30pm – Wagner Saddle Club Rodeo – Rodeo Grounds

7-8pm – Wagner Labor Day Cruise – starting and returning to McCormick Field

9:30pm – Dustin Evans & Good Times – Wagner Armory (air conditioned)

Monday, September 1

10am – 114th Labor Day Parade

1:30pm – Kids’ Money Sand Pile – Wagner City Park

1:30pm – Kids’ Fishing Tournament – Wagner Lake

7pm – Wagner Speedway – Season Championships

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