Many are hoping to wrap up their warm-weather bucket list or get another roller coaster ride in over the long weekend.
If you and your family are looking for something to do before firing up the grill for some hamburgers and hot dogs, here are some ideas from in and around York County.
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COMMISSION WOODCARVING BY BRAD HEILMAN, Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society Inc., 107 N. Front St. No. 110, Harrisburg, www.harrisburgriverboat.com, 234-6500, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Brad Heilman of BDH Custom Chain Saw Carvings will sculpt the a statue from one of the city’s trees damaged by a storm as the public looks on. He will also be available to answer questions to onlookers about the project and what he does.
LABOR DAY SCAVENGER HUNT, Richard M. Nixon County Park, 5922 Nixon Drive, Springfield Township, www.yorkcountyparks.org, 428-1961, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1. Teams or individuals will compete by answering questions and collecting natural items in a specified amount of time. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the program.
LABOR DAY FESTIVAL, Kiwanis Lake, Parkway Boulevard and North Newberry Street, York, 854-1587, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 2. This day long, family festival will include a flea market, fishing derby, parade, food, games, and entertainment.
LABOR DAY RODEO, hosted by Wellsville Frontier Days Inc., at approximately noon Sept. 2 at its club grounds, 75 Carroll St., Wellsville. The rodeo includes bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing, break-away calf roping, team roping, build a cowboy (boys in sixth- through eighth-grades), ribbon roping (male and female team), pole bending and steer wrestling. Food, refreshments and snacks will be available on the club grounds. There is an admission fee for the rodeo. For more details, call 717-266-3970, 717-266-6562 or 717-779-3814 or visit www.wellsvilefrontierdaysinc.com.
York-Adams Central Labor Council and AFL-CIO, 24th annual Labor Day Parade, 10 a.m., Monday, Small’s Athletic Field. The parade will proceed through downtown York and finish at Kiwanis Lake. This year’s theme is “Labor Protecting America.” The parade is held in cooperation with the City of York and The York City School District. To participate in the parade, call Kittie Hake at 758-6381 or Alan Vandersloot at 771-3806.
PUBLIC CRUISES, Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society Inc., 107 N. Front St. No. 110, Harrisburg, www.harrisburgriverboat.com, 234-6500, through Monday. Make reservations by calling 717-234-6500.
ADULT ART CLASSES, York Art Association, 220 S. Marshall St., York, yorkartassociation.org/YAA, 755-0028, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday. Watercolor without boundaries: A loose realism, with Ron Schloyer. $115.
STEAM ENGINE AND TRACTOR SHOW, Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, 1 Steam Engine Hill, Mechanicsburg, 766-4001, through Monday. $3 per person, $9 per car, children younger than 12 years old are free.
18TH ANNUAL HANOVER CHILI COOKOFF, Good Field, Hanover, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 1. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event for $8.50 online and at four locations: the Guthrie Memorial Library, Bill Bateman’s Bistro on Baltimore Street, Scozarro’s Old Mill Inn on York Road in New Oxford, and at the Hanover borough office. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10. VIP packages, which include two admission tickets, four drink tickets, and privileged parking are also available, exclusively online, for $35.
CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY 22ND ANNUAL AUCTION BENEFITTING THE LEHMAN CENTER, York County 4-H Center, York, 771 Stoverstown Road, Route 116, West Manchester Township, 259-7309, 5 p.m. Friday. This auction features sports memorabilia and antiques as well as art, household items, vacation packages and more.
SONGS AND STORIES OF A CIVIL WAR HOSPITAL, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 30 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, 8 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 16. Live Civil War era music by professional musicians, sing-alongs, poetry, and readings from hospital diaries. Free, accessible, air conditioned and refreshments. Call 717-334-5212.
THE DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY TAMURITZANS, Gretna Music, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, 964-3322, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The dancers of America’s longest running multicultural dance company may change as students graduate, but the enthusiasm and joy of youth and the exhilarating beauty of Eastern European folk dance go on. $18, $25, $30 and $33.
KUNDALINI YOGA, Lotus Moon Yoga, 237 N. George St., York, www.lotusmoonyogayork.com, 424-2273, 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. $15 per class.
WILLIAMS GROVE FARMERS FLEA MARKET, Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, 1 Steam Engine Hill, Mechanicsburg, 766-4001, Every Sunday. Begins at sunrise and ends at 2 p.m.
PENNSYLVANIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, www.parenfaire.com, Sat/Sun from through Oct. 27. $29.95 adults, $10.95 children. Free parking.