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Labor Day celebration returns to Gibson County following last year’s cancellation

Published: Sep. 4, 2021 at 8:31 PM CDT
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PRINCETON, Ind. (WFIE) - Labor Day celebrations are back in full swing this weekend in Gibson County.

This year’s event comes after the celebration was canceled last year due to COVID-19, aside from a small parade. And while all events went on as scheduled, officials still needed to take precautions due to COVID-19.

“In the Toyota Event Center at the Fairgrounds, we followed the guidelines of North Gibson County School Corporation,” Charlie Wyatt said, Mayor of Boonville. “We made everybody mask up, and we were very happy to see that everybody complied.”

The four-day celebration has happened 135 years in-a-row now, the second longest continuous Labor Day celebration in the nation.

“We put this event on to honor all the working men and women in the Tri-State area,” Wyatt said. “The unions are the core of the celebration of course, but we also included businesses, civic groups, political figures.”

While the event was held in Gibson County, people from all counties around the Tri-State showed up for the main event Monday, the Labor Day parade.

Hundreds of people showed up to watch floats representing businesses, unions and more ride through the streets of Princeton, since last year the parade only lasted 11 minutes.

“We’ve had four days of wonderful fun, family oriented fun,” Wyatt said. “Anything from demolition derbies, we had two of those, fireworks, rummage sales; you name it, we’ve done it.”

The parade was one of the last events of the weekend. Officials say they’ll be back next year for the 136th Labor Day celebration, hopefully with no COVID-19 restricitons.

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