Labor Day fun planned

Iola’s ongoing Sesquicentennial Celebration will focus on the leisure activities of yesteryear as part of a Labor Day festival.
“Past Times on the Square” will feature a number of activities for the young and the young at heart, said Luke Bycroft, Iola recreation director. “The best way to describe it would be to compare it to an old-time church picnic,” Bycroft said. “We hope to have something for everyone to have a good time. It should make for a fun, relaxed time.”
Iola Recreation Department is organizing the events.
Activities will take place at the courthouse bandstand and elsewhere around the square.
The Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers will perform at the bandstand at 10:30 a.m. followed by a broadcast of an old-time radio show at 11:30 a.m. The Allen County Community College barbershop quartet will sing at 12:30 p.m. Lloyd Houk of Moran will lead a sing-along at 1:30 p.m.
A nearby street will be closed to traffic for pioneer games, Bycroft said. A number of other activities will occur simultaneously. The Iola Public Library will host storytime sessions, while others partake in an assortment of games, such as hopscotch, jump rope, pickleball, board games, jacks, marbles and four square.
“You can come and go as you please,” Bycroft said.
The Iola Kiwanis Club will sell box lunches through the afternoon and a quilters guild will demonstrate quilt-making techniques.
Trolley rides will give passengers a tour of historic buildings around the courthouse square. Rides will embark from the Allen County Historical Society every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets cost $2 a person.
Restrooms in the Allen County Courthouse will be open.