Labor Day celebration gears up for 94th yearCarlton County’s time-honored Labor Day celebration is about to get even better. This year, the long-running annual Labor Day Celebration enters into its 94th year, and the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration Committee has a host of plans afoot.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Carlton County’s time-honored Labor Day celebration is about to get even better. This year, the long-running annual Labor Day Celebration enters into its 94th year, and the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration Committee has a host of plans afoot.
In addition to many of the traditional events, this year’s Labor Day weekend will also include a brand new 5.5K/11K Fun Run at Pine Valley Park, 1106 Olympic Dr., Cloquet, on Monday, Sept. 2, at 8:30 a.m.
“Late last winter we were incredibly excited to hear from Mr. Tim Krohn and his plans to hold two fun runs in Pine Valley Park for the benefit of the Blue House Orphanage in Uganda,” said Mike Kuitu, chair of the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration. “This is a noble effort by him, and exemplifies the spirit of community giving that dominates within Carlton County and the surrounding area. We hope this event is a success, and that he is able and willing to continue this event on Labor Days into the future.”
For more information about the run, or to register, call Krohn at 218-341-1415 or visit www.blue-house.org.
Events organized through the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration itself will include the Old Timers Banquet, to be held at the Cloquet National Guard Armory on Sunday, Sept.1, at noon. The free luncheon is for people 62 years of age or older who have lived in Carlton County for at least 10 years. Doors open at 11 a.m., and prizes will be awarded to the “least youngest” man, “least youngest” woman and longest married couple, as well as to the one who can produce the oldest Cloquet or Carlton County Labor Day button. There will be drawings for other prizes also. The banquet will be prepared by Jim ’n Jo’s Katering, and music will be provided by Lorren Lindevig. A short dance recital by students of the Shooting Stars Dance Studio will also be held during the luncheon.
On Labor Day, Sept. 2, the Cloquet Labor Day Car Show will provide hours of classic car viewing and conversion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be held along Avenue C between 12th and 14th streets and on 13th Street between Cloquet Avenue and Avenue B. It is once again organized and run by Cloquet resident Mike Tillman and sponsored by Duluth-Superior Trophy and Awards.
Some 100 classic cars from all over Minnesota are expected to enter this year’s show, and there is no entry fee. To participate, exhibitors are asked to enter on 13th Street off Avenue B. Awards will include a Bronze Eagle for the Bob Oswold Memorial Award. Awards are voted on by registered participants. Profits from the car show food wagon will go to The Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, contact Tillman at 218-390-9825.
Kuitu said this year the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration will honor Pat Skog as grand marshall of the Cloquet Labor Day Parade to honor her long devotion as a volunteer on Labor Day, as well as for serving as Carlton County Central Labor Body president from 1989 to 1992. Skog will join with current Carlton County Central Labor Body President Tamara Jones and Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson in riding on the Carlton County Central Labor Body parade float.
The parade, which follows the usual Cloquet Avenue parade route, begins at 18th Street and proceeds down Cloquet Avenue to Eighth Street.
“This is probably the largest Labor Day Parade in the area, and one of the longest continually held Labor Day Parades in the nation,” said Kuitu. “This year, it will feature bagpipes and other bands, the Cloquet Community Band, floats, the Range Motor Patrol, dignitaries from community and area labor organizations, and businesses and workers who will proudly display their professions.”
Lineup for the parade will be along Avenue B beginning at 9:30 a.m. To register to participate in the parade, call 218-391-6367 or email email@example.com by Aug. 31.
From noon to 2 p.m., the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration also will hold a free Labor Day Picnic open to all. It will take place in the upstairs hall of the Cloquet Labor Temple, 1403 Avenue C, beginning right after the parade.
The Labor Day Carnival will once again provide free entertainment for youngsters of all ages and will be set up in Veterans Park from noon to 5 p.m. It will feature inflatable amusement rides, face painting, and a folk singer who will conduct sing-alongs and maypole dances. Friends of Animals will display adoptable pets, and there will be a walking magician from 1-4 p.m. Friends of Animals will also offer microchipping for your current pet for a fee of $25. For more information, contact Carnival Director Glenn Plante at 218-391-1613.
The Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) will also participate by giving two live demonstrations on how to properly put out kitchen fires at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Veterans Park. In between the kitchen fire demonstrations, the CAFD’s new arson dog, Wish, and her handler, Jason Maki, will demonstrate how they work on a fire scene. Exact times for this will be announced at the parade and carnival. The CAFD will also give free fire engine rides on its 1936 classic fire truck until 3 p.m. For more information, contact Sarah Buhs, CAFD captain/public education coordinator, at 218-499-4258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Carlton County Labor Day Celebration wishes to thank the many generous community-minded businesses and area labor organizations for their monetary donations that fund our Labor Day Celebration,” stated Kuitu. “Without all of this financial support we could not continue to offer most of our events for free and open to the public.”
Small monetary donations from individuals also help defray the cost of the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration. Labor Day Buttons, designed this year by Justin Oswold, are available for the minimum donation of $1.
There will be no fireworks display by the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration at this year’s event.
“Should any organization or individual wish [to receive] our support for an additional [Labor Day] event in the future,” Kuitu said, referring to events such as this year’s race, “please contact us next winter since we typically make these decisions in April.”
Kuitu can be contacted at 218-391-6367 or by e-mail at email@example.com.