The biggest weekend, ever?

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

So much to do and only a three-day weekend to do it.

This Labor Day weekend, Rock County residents and their visitors can pick from three events: the Rock River Thresheree, LaborFest and the Rock Aqua Jays postponed Fourth of July celebration, named Summer Send Off on the Rock.

Add the Walworth County Fair, which also runs through Monday night, and you have an unprecedented selection.

Christine Rebout, executive director of the Janesville Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the three events give people the opportunity to spend the day in the community.

"People can start at LaborFest and maybe end up at the fireworks at the end of the day," she said.

The cause of this windfall is the spring's steady rainfall.

Three months of average or above average rain, plus plenty of snow run-off left the Rock River at flood stage for first part of the summer.  By the first part of July, Traxler Park was flooded.

As a result, this weekend's local events include:

-- The Rock Aqua Jays are planning a “family fun day in the park” for Labor Day said Josh Fox, event chairman. Along with fireworks at dusk, the Aqua Jays will be hosting two ski shows, a B-team, or “junior” show at 4:30 p.m. and a main show at 6:30 p.m.

Other activities include an Anything that Floats race at 2 p.m., children's bouncy houses and plenty of other activities.

The Sunday event, which will be held at Traxler Park, Janesville, runs from 1:30 p.m. through the end of the fireworks.

-- LaborFest is a three-day event that begins at noon Saturday with mud volleyball and live music at UAW Local 95 grounds on 1795 Lafayette St., Janesville.

Saturday and Sunday will feature plenty of activities for kids, too.

The highlight of the festival is the parade. This year, it will feature more than 90 entries.  The parade will begin a 1 p.m. Monday and make its way through downtown Janesville.

-- Rock River Thresheree, Thresherman's Park, on Highway 51 between Janesville and Edgerton.

The feature this year is Case equipment, so look for a sea of orange—the Case color— as the J.I. Case Collector's Association and The Northland Case Collectors Club descend on the Thresheree.

Along with a sea of tractors, visitors also can see a working sawmill, live threshing, a parade of power and a steam-powered pile driver and  the Museum of Agriculture and Industry.

Train rides, food, a car show, a flea market and live music are also part of the event.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Admission is $8 per person, and children 12 and younger are admitted free.

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