Summer is now officially at an end and Henryetta said good-bye in proper fashion, with food, fun, and fireworks at their annual Labor Day event! (photo above by Allen Gardner -ONN)
The festivities began on Thursday night and came to a head on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. when the first fire trucks came creeping down Main Street, signaling the beginning of one of the biggest Labor Day celebrations in the state. With lights and sirens, area first responders led the group revelers who tossed candy, beads, key chains, fans, and other such goodies to the lines of children anxiously waiting in the heat.
Among those displaying their Labor Day enthusiasm were Henryetta High School Marching Band, Oktaha Marching Band, Henryetta Little Knights, Labor Day Pageant winners, Girl Scouts Troop 925, Iron Workers of Oklahoma Local 584, and various politicians including State Senator District 8 Roger Thompson and Jerry Shoemake, as well as Chief and Council Member candidates.
Each float and car that participated in the parade was judged and winners were announced at the evenings end. Winners for the category of Best Car – in various categories- were:First – Ally Mae Collins, Second- RAylee Cook., First- Henryetta Middle School Cheerleaders, second- Mariah Elston, first- Shulter Fire Department, second- Military Mama Network, first- Joy of Travel, first- Mona’s Rose of Sharon, second - Henryetta Back Home Health, first- Transport Workers Local 514.
Pageant Contestant Cars category winners were Renea Page “Junior Miss Labor Day Queen” in first place, and MaKinna Paden in second. Float winners included Adelee and Cory in first place with Princess Labor Day in second. Other float winners included Wilson School First Lego League in first place, First and Second grade cheerleaders in second place, Wilson FFA in third, Henryetta Lions Club in first, Oklahoma State Deomcratic Party in second, Okmulgee County dEcomcratic Party in third, First Christian Church in first, Eagle Hights Christian Center in second, Dewar Harvest Festival in first, McIntosh Tumbling in second, Taco Bell in third, Northeast Oklahoma Central Council in first, IDEN 584 in second, and GMP Local in third. Lainy Griffin and Chloe Dennis also placed first with Kelsie and Timberlyn Doyle in second.
For band competitors, Division 1 first place was given to Weleetka, Division 2 first place was awarded to Oktaha, and Division 3 was a tie between the bands from Checotah and Sapulpa. Second place in each division went to Dewar for Division 1, Henryetta for Division 2, and third place was awarded to Caney Valley.
Awards were also given for events held through out the day.
First place in the title race was given to Madlyn Austin, Chason Frair in second, and Koda and Desi Hill placed third. The “in the front” jumping contest winner was Max Martin.
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