Labor Day weekend is often called the “unofficial end of summer.” Here’s a few ideas on how to end it with a bang.
1. Help the Ottumwa Fire Deparment Fill the Boot with its annual fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will hit the streets will be seeking donations from pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby at the five corners intersection, on Venture Drive and at the Walmart entrance over the long weekend. Ottumwa Local 395 had a record-breaking campaign last year, raising more than $22,000, and is hoping to surpass that total in 2019.
2. Take in one last weekend of outdoor activities at The Beach Ottumwa. The waterpark will be open normal hours Saturday and Sunday, with the final day of the outdoor season being Monday. Monday hours are noon to 5:30 p.m., and the season will close with the annual Dog Paddle from 6-8 p.m. During that time, dogs and their owners will be able to cool off in the wave pool. All dogs must be current on vaccinations, on a leash and accompanied by an adult. Admission to the Dog Paddle is a bag of pet food per dog to be donated to Heartland Humane Society.
3. Saturday night is race night at the Wapello County Fairgrounds. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Pits open at 5 p.m. with the grandstand opening at 6 p.m. Races will feature four-cylinders, sport mods, hobby stocks and stock cars. Tickets and passes from the June 15 rain out during the county fair will be honored.
4. Find a fantasize dress for homecoming while supporting Bless This Dress. The Ottumwa smile runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Quincy P lace Mall. Average prices for dresses range from $20-$40 with an overall price range of $10-$150. For more information or to donate a dress to the organization, visit Bless This Dress PDR on Facebook.
5. Head over the Morgan’s Corner Saturday evening for the Ottumwa American Legion Baseball Fundraiser. Vinyl Vagabonds, whose lead singer once played on the team, will be performing. Food and drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the band playing from 7-11 p.m. During the celebration, John Hart, who just completed coaching is 36th season, and wife Mary will be honored for the years of service. For more information, visit the Ottumwa American Legion Baseball Fundraiser event page on Facebook.