Very Old Labor Day Celebration right in our backyard

Jasper (NNDC) – Just right down the road a piece Boonville is getting ready to celebrate the 132nd Labor Day Celebration made possible through the Labor Day Association.  Here is a little history about the celebration and what is taking place this year.   The first Labor Day Celebration in this area was held in 1886 in Princeton, Indiana. This was 8 years before Labor Day was made an official national holiday in 1894!  To put this date in perspective, the Battle of Little Big Horn, otherwise known as Custer’s Last Stand, had taken place only 10 years before!  That first celebration was very similar to our present Labor Day Celebration. It was sponsored by the Knights of Labor, which was one of the labor groups representing unionists in Indiana. A train from Chicago, Illinois brought four coaches of unionists. They were met at 3:30 a.m. by the Princeton High School Bandand escorted to the Princeton Fairgrounds. At 10:00 a.m. another train brought six coaches full of Knights of Labor, along with two bands. A parade, which was the highlight of the celebration, resulted. Speeches were made by area labor leaders, and a tradition was born. A few years later, the annual celebration was held in a small community called Hosmer, Indiana, located on the banks of the Wabash-Erie Canal. In 1899 that small town’s main industry was the Littles’ Coal Mine, whose men were represented by the U.M.W.A. That celebration was referred to, by the Petersburg newspaper, as being the first Labor Day Celebration ever held in Pike County. The next year, 1900, the celebration moved a few miles to Petersburg, Indiana, and it grew several hundred times over what it had been just a year before. The celebration drew between 8,000 and 10,000 people, and a free meal was served to all union men who marched in the parade. Over 1,500 meals were served that afternoon.

(photo and information provided by Labor Day Association)

This year’s celebration is underway at the Warrick County Fairgrounds, Boonville, Indiana

Today’s events include:

8:00 a.m. Cutest Baby & Pet Contests
Dollar Bil’s LDA Rummage Sale

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Poker Run Registration
Last Bike Out: Noon, Last Bike In: 4:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. Car Show

1:00 p.m. Gospel Sing Jeffrey Bryant & Friends

1:30pm * Demolition Derby Gates Open Corey Alvey (812) 393-0370

2:00 p.m. Carnival Rides

Horse Shoe Pitch
5:00 p.m. Open Karaoke Night – Free Event

* Demolition Derby

Monday Events:

9:00 a.m. Parade

Cutest Baby & Pet Contests

10:30 a.m. Carnival Rides – Free

Speak Your Mind