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Summer’s almost over: Celebrate the coming of autumn at Carbondale

In celebration of the beginning of fall in little more than a week, Carbondale has planned many activities for all age interests for Friday night and Saturday.

The event begins Friday, Sept. 13, with food and craft vendors on Main Street after 5 p.m. A lawn mower demolition derby will be at City Park with heats starting at 7:30 p.m.; mowers will begin arriving at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for spectators of all ages for the Friday derby. There will be a special theme of “Dukes of Hazards”. The Lions Club will have concessions at the derby featuring their famous funnel cakes.

Saturday’s activities begin at 7 a.m. with a biscuit and gravy fundraiser breakfast in the ELM Building. Historical displays will be inside the ELM Building until noon. Those who would loan items of interest from pre-Civil War to present day for this display should contact Judy at 785-836-7136.

Also open at 7 a.m. in City Hall is a book sale until 5 p.m. to benefit the library. Rides will open at 8 a.m., and will use tickets or a $10 all-day wrist band. Other activities for children in the morning will begin at 9 a.m. with a mini-train, games, face painting and goldfish races. These activities will require tickets at a cost of 50 cents to $1.

At 10 a.m., children may participate in downhill Soap Box Derby races provided free by the Carbondale Lions Club. Also at 10, a cake walk will begin and last into the afternoon or until the cakes run out. The main event at 10:30 will be professional wrestling, with championship rounds at 3 p.m.

For $1 everyone may try their hand at smashing a car which will later be featured at 5 p.m. in a rescue demonstration by the Osage County Fire District No. 1. The fire department is having their well known food stand inside the station to benefit volunteers’ equipment expenses.

Cars and bikes will be vying for prizes while providing viewing enjoyment all afternoon on Third Street. Local individuals will showcase their talents beginning at noon.

The evening will feature a parade at 6 p.m. using the theme “Building the Future”. Staging will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the Carbondale Attendance Center. Parade participants need to be registered by 5:30. The Santa Fe Trail High School band will perform in the parade. After the parade adults will get their chance at goldfish racing at 7 p.m.

The band Delta Haze will offer a variety of music for the street dance from 7-11 p.m. At 9 p.m., the band will take a break for the fireworks show, north of Carbondale Attendance Center. Fireworks may be viewed from the north playground at CAC.

Vendors will be available all day Saturday on Main Street with a variety of foods and other items of interest.

Carbondale is inviting everyone to enjoy the wide variety of activities and events in town this Friday evening and all day Saturday.

This two-day event is hosted by Carbondale Lions Club, local businesses, the city of Carbondale, and many adult and student volunteers. Santa Fe Trail students will be assisting at many of the activities, earning community service hours.

For more information, call 785-836-7887 or 785-969-7181.

Information thanks to Mary Burgett.

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