This weekend is Labor Day weekend, a traditional goodbye to summer. There are some activities in the area this weekend. 


Three highlights

1. Music in Moundridge

MOUNDRIDGE  – The McPherson Brass Quintet will present an outdoor concert at 5 p.m., on Labor Day, Sept. 4, in Moundridge’s Wheatridge Park. Planned by the Moundridge Arts Council, the event is open to the public. A free will offering will be collected to underwrite concert expenses.

The Labor Day Concert is a first for the community. The program celebrates one year since the start of the Moundridge Arts Council. The concert will feature light music from a range of time periods, including English madrigals, Dixieland jazz, 1940s swing tunes and patriotic favorites.

Wheatridge Park is located on South Washington Avenue in Moundridge, near the city swimming pool. Bring blankets or lawn chairs.



2. Grill and gridiron

Bethel College will host its inaugural Bethel BBQ Cookoff Sept. 2 during the pre-game of the Bethel-Dordt football game at Goering Field.

The BBQ cookout/tailgate will take place in the Thresher Stadium parking lot.

A BBQ competition will begin at 3 p.m. According to the Bethel news release, “any type of barbeque is welcome (pork, chicken, baked beans, anything you want to share and have the judges judge!)” Award winners will be named at halftime of the football game.


3. Go for a walk

Start off your Labor Day weekend with Kauffman Museum’s monthly bird walk.

Participants should meet at 7 a.m. in the museum parking lot on the Bethel College campus at the corner of Main and 27th Streets in North Newton.

Birders need to be able to navigate a mile to a mile-and-a-half of mostly wood-chip trail and unpaved road. Terrain is sometimes steep.

Experienced birders Gregg Friesen and Rod Wedel will lead this month’s walk, through Chisholm Park and on Sand Creek Trail. It will take 1-1.5 hours and cover approximately 1.5 miles.