October 24, 2014

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Lorain sets Labor Day celebration

LORAIN — It began with a parade of 10,000 workers in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882.

Since then, cities across the country have paid their own tribute to the working man and woman with festivities and fun fit for the whole family each Labor Day. But few can do it like Lorain, which this year will feature a speech by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Lorain’s annual Labor Day celebration — first held in 1994 — typically draws more than 25,000 people from all over the county and features inexpensive eats and entertainment.

Labor Day celebration

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Black River Landing
Featuring: Music, circus acts and food

This year’s celebration will take place at Black River Landing for a change while renovations at Lakeview Park continue. Kevin Zacovic, co-chair of the festival, said the space taken up by the construction of the bathhouse at the park  cannot accommodate all the people who attend.

“This just draws such a great crowd and everyone has fun,” Zacovic said.

It will be the 13th year for the festival, which is officially known as the Lorain County Organized Labor Day Family Celebration.

The festival will be held noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, and attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable canned good for a food drive.

Rock, Motown and country music, along with jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers and puppet shows, will please the eye while food, including 25-cent hot dogs, chips and beverages, will fill the belly.

A few key speakers from the Sheet Metal Workers union, which is the spotlight union for this year’s festival, will discuss what Labor Day means to them.

Speakers will include Vincent Panvini, international representative and director of governmental affairs for the union, and Reggie Hoherberger, 11th general vice president of the union and business manager for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 in Cleveland.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.