Union workers celebrate Labor Day at Fairbanks Park

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Labor Day celebrations continued Monday with a special event for union workers at Fairbanks Park.

“Basically what Labor Day is, is a day to celebrate the working men and women of the Wabash Valley,” said Paul Atterson of Local 157.

The event was put on by the Central Wabash Valley Construction and Building Trades Council and included many things to do.

“Kids and their families are here today. We have a bounce house, pony rides over here which is really popular. There’s also ice cream. It’s a little bit of everything for kids. So hopefully mom and dad could come here and let them loose for a little while and they can play, Atterson said.

One the biggest attractions at the event was the beans and ham being served for lunch.

We cooked 160 pounds of beans, 100 pounds of ham, and I think we went through 40 pounds of diced onions and three and four boxes of crackers.

Atterson said the most important part of the day was everyone being able to have a day off and come together.

“We work construction jobs so it may go a year before you see somebody, and this is the time right now to make old acquaintances and make new friends as well. It’s just a good day for everybody,” Atterson said.

According to organizers, this year’s event was the largest they’ve seen in 10 years.

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