Parade, picnic and more planned for Labor DayNorthland communities have a variety of celebrations planned for Monday in honor of Labor Day, some of them spilling over onto other days of the weekend.
Northland communities have a variety of celebrations planned for Monday in honor of Labor Day, some of them spilling over onto other days of the weekend.
In Duluth, the annual AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic is at noon Monday at Bayfront Festival Park and is open to all union members and their families.
Cloquet’s famous Labor Day celebration, in its 90th year, will be scaled back somewhat from past years. The traditional fireworks display has been eliminated, largely because of increasing costs and recession-pinched donations.
This year’s celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. Monday with the annual Labor Day parade, sponsored by the Cloquet firefighters.
The parade is one of the oldest continually held Labor Day parades in the nation and annually attracts participants from throughout Minnesota. It will feature musicians and floats, as well as many community and area organizations.
The parade will follow the traditional Cloquet Avenue parade route, starting at 18th Street and Cloquet Avenue and ending at Eighth Street and Cloquet Avenue. To enter a unit in the parade or for more information, call the Cloquet Fire Hall at (218) 879-6514.
A mini-carnival will follow the parade at Cloquet Veterans Park from noon until 5 p.m. It will feature games and rides from Doucette’s Amusements and is free.
The festivities also will include a free picnic lunch immediately after the parade in the upstairs hall of the Cloquet Labor Temple.
Back for another year, the Labor Day Classic Car Show — newly rechristened the Bob Oswold Memorial Classic Car Show — is expected to feature more than 50 classic cars and trucks. Oswold, Carlton County Central Labor Body president who spearheaded the Labor Day celebration for 15 years, died last month.
The car show is open to any classic car and will be held next to the Labor Temple building on Avenue C between 12th and 14th streets. The show will begin immediately after the parade on Monday and will conclude about 3 p.m. with the awarding of prizes.
Labor Day buttons will be available for $1 the day of the celebration and will help to defray the cost of the many events.
The Superior Federation of Labor Labor Day Dance will be at Aces on 29th from 7-10 p.m. Monday. Music will be by Sound Unlimited. Admission is free and the public is invited. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item.
More than $6,000 in cash will be awarded to three winners of the “Ace in the Pocket” Wisconsin-certified raffle on Labor Day at the Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, according to the museum’s capital campaign chairs John Bremer and Judy Weber.
The grand prize winner will take home more than $3,000 in cash, Bremer said, who added that $5 tickets are still available in the “Half of the Cash” giveaway that will split?proceeds with the top three winners and the museum.
Only 5,000 tickets will be sold, “giving better odds than the lottery,” organizers said.
The museum recently expanded its mission to include all veterans from World War II to those serving today in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Monday at the museum, with a one-hour public countdown with second-chance prizes for those in attendance.
Tickets are available at the Bong, 305 Harbor View Parkway on U.S. Highway 2 in Superior, next to Perkins, while supplies last.
The Petrell Hall Centennial Committee is hosting its annual Labor Day weekend pancake breakfast, from 8-11 a.m. Sunday in Brimson. The event is a fundraiser for Petrell Hall’s centennial celebration in 2012.