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Fun begins today at Labor Day Picnic

DESLOGE — The 29th annual Desloge Labor Day Picnic is here. Today marks the first day of the four-day event that fills the Desloge City Park. There is still time to purchase discounted unlimited carnival wristbands for tonight. The wristbands can be purchased in advance for $12 at the Desloge City Hall or at the chamber office. The wristbands will be available at the park tonight for $15.

Sheriff Dan Bullock and his Deputies will be the featured entertainment tonight.

On Saturday G&L Karaoke will host a karaoke contest. Sign-ups will be at 9 a.m., and the actual competition will begin at 10 a.m. The horseshoe tournament will start at 11 a.m. Sign-ups get under way at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $10 per team.

Sign-ups for the washer tournament will begin at 1 p.m. The tournament will start at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $10 per team.

Less Than Serious will perform from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Desloge Fire Department will have a demonstration at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the wiffle ball tournament will kick things off at 10 a.m. It will be held at Brightwell Park. Sign-ups will take place at 9 a.m. A church service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the park. Rev. Chuck Lotz of the Park Hills Freewill Baptist Church will give the service. A youth service will follow. There will also be gospel music from noon until 2 p.m.

The Memphis Boys will perform from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music Unlimited will have a street dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The parade will kick things off on Monday. The line-up will begin at 7 a.m. at the middle school. Due to the construction of Desloge’s new soccer field, the lineup procedure for the Desloge Labor Day parade has changed.

 All labor groups, parade entries on horseback and antique tractors will need to report to the North County Intermediate School on Elm Street, formerly Cantwell Elementary. All other entries should report to the middle school.

The Leadwood Masonic Lodge #598 will offer the MoCHIP Program for children throughout the day at no charge. The program offers parents child identification kits. Each child goes through several stations that include pictures, DNA samples and teeth impressions. The kit is useful to law enforcement in the event a child becomes missing.

The antique tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m. New to the picnic this year is the pedaled tractor pull. It will start at 2 p.m.

Sign-ups for the volleyball tournament will start at 11 a.m. The tournament will begin at noon. The entry fee is $25.

GTO will perform from noon until 5 p.m.

Chris Cline is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at

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