Labor Day filled with activities

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All events are free unless otherwise noted

Today

- 5 to 7 p.m. Gong Show, Black Mountain Tavern

- 7 to 9 p.m. Bartender races, Chelsea's Restaurant

- 9 to 1 a.m. Scooze, $8 cover, Colorado Bar & Grill

Saturday

- 7 to 10 a.m. South Routt PTO pancake breakfast, Soroco High School commons area. Breakfast is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and school-age children, and $1 for children ages 5 and under.

- 10 a.m. Cribbage tournament, Elk's Tavern

- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Tracks and Trails Museum and outdoor tent sale will be open.

- 10 a.m. The Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek hosts a two-hour historical tour to the Foidl Schoolhouse and the Twentymile Coal Co. mine, starting at the museum.

- Noon to 5 p.m. Art for Justice, 105 Grand Ave.

- 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek hosts a Roadside Tour along Colorado Highway 131, including 10 underground mines from the early-to-mid 1900s, departing from the museum. The tour costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children younger than 12.

- 4:30 p.m. A 10-year class reunion of the 1998 graduating class of Soroco High School is at the Phippsburg park.

- 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tracks and Trails Museum, along with the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg, hosts a barbecue with live music at Decker Park in Oak Creek. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

- 7 to 9 p.m. Comedy show, Colorado Bar & Grill. Seating starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Colorado Bar and Spiro's Trading Post, or at the door. Performers include Lori Callahan and Dr. Karin Fitzgerald.

- 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Scooze, $8 cover unless you purchased a ticket to the comedy show, Colorado Bar & Grill.

Sunday

- 9 a.m. A softball tournament begins at the Soroco High School softball field, for co-ed players ages 16 and older. Entry fees are $75 for a team, or $8 per person. To register, contact Charlene Regan at 736-0520.

- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Tracks and Trails Museum and outdoor tent sale will be open.

- 10 a.m. The Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek hosts a two-hour historical tour of the Foidl Schoolhouse and the Twentymile Coal Co. mine, starting at the museum.

- 10:30 a.m. to noon Fishing derby, Decker Park.

- Noon to 6 p.m. Family Fun Day and Kiddie Fun Fair, $5 at the gate, Decker Park. Activities include Bingo, the beer garden, pony rides, a silent auction, vendors, dunk tank, music from Mariah, the Green Ridge Ramblers and Blue Rooster, and the announcement of the Coal Queen and Coal Princess.

- 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek hosts a Roadside Tour along Colorado Highway 131, including 10 underground mines from the early-to-mid 1900s, departing from the museum. The tour costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children younger than 12.

- 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Karaoke, Colorado Bar & Grill.

Monday

- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tracks and Trails Museum and outdoor tent sale will be open.

- 11 a.m. Labor Day Parade, Main Street. Line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at Soroco High School.

- After the parade: Races in the park, vendors, Bingo, dunk tank, horseshoe tournament, greased pole, and junior class concessions, all at Decker Park.

Oak Creek's annual Labor Day festivities kick off tonight, starting a weekend full of fun - from family events like Sunday's Kiddie Fun Fair, to social events including barbecues and pancake breakfasts, to the sillier Oak Creek traditions such, as the Kiss the Pig contest.

The weekend's theme - "Diamonds in the Rough" - was selected as a tribute to the area's rich mining history and as a reflection of the people of South Routt, Oak Creek Labor Day Committee President Becky Wisecup said.

"We're all a little rough on the inside," Wisecup said.

The four days of festivities include lots of socializing in Decker Park and Labor Day classics, such as the greased pole and bartender races - where local servers tackle an obstacle course while balancing full trays.

"Andy Benjamin always wins," Wisceup said about the owner of Chelsea's Restaurant.

The Coal Queen and Coal Princess will be announced Sunday afternoon at Decker Park. Those running already are out and about in town, selling vote tickets and building their floats for Monday's Labor Day parade down Main Street, Wisecup said.

Tracks and Trails Museum, which will be open throughout Labor Day weekend, will hold an outdoor tent sale and also will debut its newest exhibit as part of the festivities.

The exhibit houses information about the history of local organizations, service groups and lodges active in South Routt during the years, museum curator Laurie Elendu said.

"We're excited. We're hoping lots of people will come in," Elendu said. "As people say, the more the merrier."

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