West Liberty Lions host 49th annual Labor Day festival

West Liberty marked its 49th annual Labor Day festival with a three-day event that drew thousands of residents and hundreds of tractors.


Saturday afternoon activities were plentiful at the West Liberty Labor Day Festival in Lions Park. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Dalton Hurst, 5, of Mechanicsburg, sits atop a John Deere tractor as his sister Sydnee Hurst, 5, rests on the wheel cover. ABOVE: Youths look on as ducks make their way along the Macochee Creek as part of the West Liberty-Salem cheerleaders’ annual Buck-A-Duck fundraiser races. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

The event raises about $10,000 a year for the host West Liberty Lions Club, club members reported.

The Saturday afternoon parade drew an estimated 200 tractors, but may have been smaller than previous years, club member Jacob Vitt reported. The grand marshal of the parade was Cindy Oelker, owner of the Liberty Gathering Place where the Lions have their regular meetings.

New to the event this year were lawn mower and go-cart racing as well as some additional entertainment acts.

“People have been asking for (lawn mower and go-carts) so we thought we would give it a try,” club member Tim Woodruff said.

“We also tried to do some new entertainment acts to get new people here,” Mr. Vitt said.


Read complete coverage along with more photos in Tuesday's Examiner
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