Get ready for the Herscher Labor Day Celebration
It’s nearly time again for the big Labor Day weekend celebration in Herscher.
The 98th Herscher Labor Day Celebration will take place Saturday through Monday in downtown Herscher.
About 100 years old, the annual event stands as one of the longest continuous summertime celebrations in the state.
The festival will feature family-friendly festivities throughout the weekend, including the 37th annual running of the Herscher Hare and Tortoise Race, 5K run and 2 Mile Fun Walk. This tradition was started in 1982 when Herscher celebrated its 100th birthday.
Monday’s Grand Parade will feature marching bands, floats, antique vehicles, farm equipment and horses. The grand marshal for the 98th Herscher Homecoming and Labor Day Celebration is Earl Datweiler. Earl moved to Herscher when he was 2 years old and attended Herscher schools for 12 years.
After his son, Todd, was born, Earl started working in the insurance business with Gerald Buckman and Richard Unz for the Banner Agency and then moved the business to Herscher, where he changed the name to Earl A. Datweiler Insurance Agency. Earl completed 52 years in the business last October.
For a number of years, Earl had been involved in car racing, which prompted him to start an additional business, T&E Enterprises of Herscher, Inc. For 37 plus years, the business has been building enclosed trailers for the racing industry, and the haulers are sold all over the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Earl has been a lifelong member of the Herscher Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club, and he served as a volunteer fireman and was a member of the village board.
The parade also promises to include a number of local and political candidates as a midterm election is set for November.
Monday’s entertainment in Village Park will include the Herscher Area Historical Society presentation at 12:30 p.m., the Herscher High School marching band at 1 p.m., country singer Anita Reno at 1:30 p.m., Firebox Bluegrass Band at 2:30 p.m., the Herscher School District Music Department at 4:30 p.m., the Herscher Chamber of Commerce Drawing at 6 p.m. and Vern and Vern at 6:30 p.m.
A sneak peek of the celebration will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday when the beer stand will open and a BrickStone Brewery craft beer tasting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.
The stand will open again on Saturday from noon to midnight, and will feature Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The noon to midnight timetable also will hold on Sunday, when Whiskey Romance will perform from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The stand will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday.
Below is a schedule of events:
Carnival opens. Noon.Herscher Area Historical Society museum open. 1 to 3 p.m.HAHS’s Anderson House Open. 161 W. Myrtle St. 1 to 3 p.m.
Registration for Squeals and Wheels Car Show. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m., State Bank of Herscher parking lot. 10 a.m. to noon.Carnival opens. Noon.Herscher Area Historical Society museum open. 1 to 3 p.m.HAHS’s Anderson House Open – 161 W. Myrtle St. 1 to 3 p.m.Small Petting Zoo. Behind Village Hall. 2 to 6 p.m.37th annual running of the Herscher Hare and Tortoise Race, 5K run and 2 Mile Fun Walk. Starts at 5:30 p.m. at Herscher High School football field.Fourth annual Bunny Dash. Kids 7 and younger. 5:30 p.m.
Arts and Crafts Show opens in State Bank of Herscher parking lot. 9 a.m.Grand Parade. 10:30 a.m.Carnival opens. Noon.Kiddie Tractor Pull at Village park. 1 p.m.Art in the Park in Village Park. Sponsored by the Herscher Area Historical Society and Leiser Furniture. A teacher and students from Herscher High School will be available to teach children how to draw. 1 to 3 p.m.Herscher Area Historical Society museum open. 1 to 3 p.m.HAHS’s Anderson House Open. 161 W. Myrtle St. 1 to 3 p.m.Bingo. Legion Community Center. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.