Au Sable Forks Holy Name School in Au Sable Forks is celebrating its 50th year of their school building with the annual Labor Day celebration.
“It wraps up the summer season for those going back to school, those going home from Au Sable Forks and those who are returning home to Au Sable Forks,” Father Kris Lauzon of the Catholic Community of Holy Name and St. Matthew’s, said. “This is a fun community event and also serves as a fundraiser to help the with continuing of education at Holy Name School.”
Father Lauzon said that the theme for the event is centered around the 50th anniversary of the current school site.
“The school itself is almost 100 years old, but we are celebrating 50 years of education at the corner of Pleasant and Main,” Lauzon said.
The annual Labor Day parade will step off at 10 a.m., forming on Palmer Street and proceeding down Main Street to the Holy Name Church, where there will be a reviewing stand.
Grand Marshalls for the parade will be a collection of those who have served as principals of Holy Name School, including current principal Christine Reynolds and former principals Sue Pulitzer and Sister Shirley Anne Brown, SSJ, among others.
Following the parade, there will be a special performance by the Norwood Fire Department Marching Band.
Prior to the parade will be a two-mile beer run, with proceeds from the event benefiting the school and members of the run being on a parade float.
A new event to the celebration is the Holy Name Car Show, which will take place along school street from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
At 1:30 p.m., there will be the Ken “Ducky” Derby on the Ausable River, followed by bingo in the school gym at 2 p.m., and Organized Chaos performing on the school grounds from 3 to 6 p.m.
At 6 p.m., there will be a $5,000 raffle drawing, closing out the days activities.
Along with the entertainment and events, there will also be a chicken barbecue, games, pull tabs, pie sale, bounce tents, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, cotton candy, sausage with peppers and onions, fired dough, along with a beer and wine tent.
For more information on the Holy Name School Labor Day Celebration, contact the Catholic Community of Holy Name and St. Matthew’s at 647-8225.