Community Labor Day festivities dedicated to Coal Miners Memorial
There was a time when the celebration on Labor Day in Carbon County was as big as any of the summer. Then things changed and in the past 25 years or so there has been little celebration at all. People have gone from spending time celebrating the American worker to going camping, shopping or just staying home.
This year, however, things will be different. While not exactly resurrecting the celebrations of old, which were largely paid for by the unions, this year's celebration which will take place next Monday is a community celebration of those that built this community; the miners, and specifically the around 1,400 that gave their lives to the cause.
The event takes place at the Price Peace Gardens and festivities will begin at 11 a.m. And it will all be to support the building of the Carbon Miners Memorial.
The plan is to celebrate these miners lives this year and to next year, on Labor Day, dedicate the finished memorial. But there is a lot to do before that date in 2015, and the celebration on Monday gives community members a chance to participate in the drive to raise funds for the memorial. At present the memorial fund is about a third of the way there for the estimated $200-$300,000 cost of the memorial.
The day will be filled with entertainment, kind of like a number of Culture Connections strung together. The Culture Connection is a Thursday night celebration Price City holds during the summer.
There will be food to buy with many of the proceeds going to the memorial fund.
There will be kids games, and some for the adults too. Attractions include treasure hunts, a bouncer, the Carbon Country Recreation's climbing wall, and a newspaper throw that will not only bring back the memories of tossing papers by grown up newsboys but by a new generation who will try it as well. Prizes will be awarded by to the top throwers.
Also there will be face painting, sack races, a dunking tank and some other games as well.
At 2 p.m. Cold Stone Creamery will hold an ice cream eating contest.
In the Peace Garden there will be a display of mining photos and old mine rescue equipment.
And because so much of this drive has to do with the history of the county, The Price Community Family History Center will be taking photos of people who attend in front of a mining setting with mining clothes on, just like what was done during the International Days celebration last month. The photos will be free. They will also have a computer set up to allow people to plug their names in and see what famous people in history they are related to.
The main concessions will provide food with much of the money spent there going to support the memorial. And the Adopt-A-Miner will be selling adoptions at both the Memorial booth and at the Sun Advocate booth.
In addition there will be vendors booths along the west side of the Peace Garden.
The day will culminate between 5 and 6 p.m. with drawings for prizes.
It is hoped this event will be the impetus to begin a whole new round of years of Labor Day celebrations for years to come.