Food, fun, games and more at annual Labor United Celebration
Whether it was about celebrating working people or just having fun, people flocked to Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township on Sunday for the start of the annual Labor United Celebration.
The two-day event features food, games, rides and more. It continues Monday.
The celebration has been held since 1980, said Malcolm Sias, director of parks and recreation for Westmoreland County.
“It’s very family-oriented,” Sias said. “For the kids, we have rides. We have a circus for the whole family. For the adults, we have a flea market, arts and crafts and bingo.
”And we have food for everybody.”
Admission and parking are free. Sias said organizers keep the cost low — an all-day ride pass is only $4.
“There’s something for everybody to do,” he said.
This year marked the return of the circus, which Sias said he hopes will come every other year from now on. And except for The Vogues, a crowd favorite, most of the musical acts are new this year, he said.
This year’s event is blessed with sunny, if muggy, weather.
“It’s a little warm, but I can’t complain,” Silas said Sunday. “It’s not raining.”
Monday’s forecast calls for more of the same.
Myiah Pastorius, 6, of Plum took a crack at a kids’ version of the classic “High Striker” game as her mother, Hilary Pastorius, looked on.
“We come here every year,” she said. “We’ve been coming since I was pregnant with her, so it’s fun.”
Dennis Hornberger of Harrison said it was a good day to be out with family and friends, get something good to eat and have fun playing the games.
“Labor Day for me means the end of a great summer, the start of fall and enjoying a nice weekend with your family,” said Kate Rhea of New Kensington.
Labor United celebrates Western Pennsylvania’s labor tradition. Helen Noel of Trafford said she works in a nursing home and has been a Service Employees International Union member for 18 years.
For Noel, Labor Day is about freedom to organize, to negotiate and “to be able to speak my mind.”
“Labor Day is a way to honor all working people,” said Dan Sainovich of Industry. “It’s a way of recognizing the value of unions and the value that unions bring to working people. Hopefully, we can expand the base of union workers.”
Sainovich said this was the third year in a row he’s volunteered to help at a booth at the event, cooking hamburgers.
“It’s a great opportunity to see folks and expand the union voice,” he said.
Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.