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September 21, 2019

8/30/2019 11:21:00 AM
Ridgeway Labor Day takes place Sunday, September 1
Although Ridgeway is a small community, it has a rich history. There will be an opportunity to see it firsthand this coming weekend during Ridgeway Advancement's Labor Day weekend event which takes place Sunday September 1.
The Ridgeway Labor Day, hosted by Ridgeway Advancement, event has taken place for the last 51 years. Zach Bennett, president of the organization, stated that the original reason for Ridgeway Labor Day was because the Ridgeway Advancement was started to raise funds that are invested into the village Park.
"They wanted to get lights for the baseball field, so they needed to raise money to afford the baseball field," Bennett said. "It just kind of evolved over time and turned into multiple events throughout the year."
Since then, the Ridgeway Community has gathered for many different events. This year there will be the craft show that starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. There is also the famous ghost run that starts at 8 a.m. followed by the parade beginning at 11 a.m. Line up begins at 10 a.m. The car show will be located on Main Street this year, and will follow right after the parade. Guests will also have the chance to enjoy "John's Famous Chicken BBQ," which has been donated by Hi-Point Steakhouse. Live music will play throughout the day starting with "Last Minute Notice" playing from 1-4 p.m., followed by "The Outliers" playing from 4-7 p.m.
The Ridgeway Fire Department will then take over around 8 p.m. with music being played by Time and a Half from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Other events will include a bouncy house for the kids, Kona Ice snow cones, Lightning basketball, a water slide and Haven's Petting Farm. New this year will be Human Foosball which will be provided by Horseshoe Tavern out of Prairie Du Chien.
It takes many volunteers to put on the annual event and there are approximately 50 volunteers who will help out in many different areas throughout the day. Alot of the pre-planning has been put on by Kari Phelan, Mike Scheidigger and many community members.
Ridgeway Advancement also puts on many different events throughout the year, and by doing that it brings the community together.
"I think Ridgeway Advancement brings a sense of home to the community through the events and programs we offer for the village," Bennett says. " It makes people feel welcome when they come and check out the events that we have from baseball the Easter Egg Hunt to the Fourth of July fireworks and Labor Day."
Updates for Ridgeway Labor Day can be found by following the Ridgeway Advancement Facebook Page, and checking out the organization's website at

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