The Labor Day Committee was excited to host the annual Labor Days event this year! Black Diamond Labor Days is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable event where all officers, directors, volunteers, and community members feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias. Our community comes from all walks of life and our differences make us better together.
The 2023 activities were held over Labor Day weekend with the parade on Monday, September 4, 2023. The tradition of creating custom Labor Day buttons was continued and many donated to get their collectible 2023 Button.
Saturday kicked the event off with a free movie at the Ten Trails Civic Park. Sunday was full of events including Doggy Day, fun games for all ages, a pie-jam and jelly competition, Music by Ante-Up, Presentation of awards including the first annual Gomer Evans Jr./Black Diamond Scholarship, the Skatepark Fundraising Concert with The Sky Rain Heroes, The Stuntman and Brain Cell Genocide.
Monday was kicked off with the annual Diamond Lodge 83 Community Breakfast at the Masonic Hall (yum) followed by the traditional Black Diamond Labor Day Parade along Highway 169. The ball field was hopping with live music by Sean Lewis Music and Raucous Band. Field games went on most of the days and the traditional free peanut bags and ice cream were as popular as ever. Thanks to our many vendors and local organizations that were in their booths all day. What a fun day and great way to celebrate our incredible community.
A BIT OF HISTORY
A hometown, old-fashioned family celebration!
Before WWII, the Labor Day Celebration was a Fourth of July celebration and had begun as a way for the miners’ families to celebrate the holiday.
Because the company owned all the property in town, the miners had to go to the bosses and ask to have the celebration. They agreed but miners had to pay for it themselves.
After the war, families started to travel and the Fourth of July celebration became a Labor Day celebration. It was through the efforts of Evan Morris, Ann & Carl Steiert and many others that the Labor Day celebration became the old fashioned, family orientated festival it is today. The Black Diamond Labor Days committee continues to support this tradition each year.