Labor Day means Founders Day in Wellsville

Monday’s Labor Day observance also means Founders Day in Wellsville where some activities, like softball and a tennis tournament, are already underway. Mayor Thomas Bailey said the second year of the Wellsville Stampede runs Friday and Saturday at the Wellsville Arena. “The Stampede is a rodeo we started last year,” said Bailey. “It was really a success last year so we’re doing it again. So far we have 177 entries into that rodeo so it sounds like it’s going to be a big success this year.” The Founders Day patriotic program will be Sunday and this year is scheduled for the LDS Stake Center. “The Tabernacle has to have renovation work done to it so that program is being moved to the stake center,” said Bailey. “We have a real good program planned, they’ve been practicing for that for the last two months.” Mayor Bailey said Monday’s full day of events starts early with Lowell Richmond “?running around town firing off a cannon to wake everybody up?” What follows is the Fireman’s Breakfast at the City Square Pavilion (6-9:30 a.m.) and the 5K, 10K and Kids K Fun Run starting at 7:00 on the east side of the Tabernacle. Bailey said after the 9 a.m. flag ceremony it’s the Founder’s Day Parade at 10:00, what he describes “?as good as any parade in the valley.” The Mayor said the famous Wellsville Sham Battle starts right after the parade on the square by the elementary school followed by other activities leading to Monday night’s Little Buckaroo Rodeo at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds. “It’s a full day of events and hopefully it will meet the needs of just about everybody who visits us,” said Mayor Bailey.

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