Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Labor in Wausau

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Despite an early threat for rain, skies cleared just in time for Wausau's Labor Day Celebration.

The Wausau Labor Temple Association welcomed visitors to their first ever beer garden located outside of the Wausau Labor Temple.

Hotdogs, brats, and hamburgers were being sold at a low cost to families, and business sponsors provided live music and activities for the kids.

The Wausau Labor Temple Association says that working together with other local labor groups was a key to day's success today.

"This year we are trying to do more of a joint effort for labor because their are so many issues going around the county about minimum wage, and everything like that. It is a big concern for all of us," said Randy Olmsted.

Olmsted is the President of the Wausau Labor Temple Association which is collaborating with the Marathon County Labor Council.

Each year the Labor Council organizes the parade.

More than 40 floats and bands made their way down 3rd Street in Wausau, handing out candy to kids as the parade made its way to the Wausau Labor Temple.

While for some, the parade represents an end to summer, for one retired union worker Ron Westcott, it's a day to appreciate the rights workers obtained through organized labor.

"A good many of the rights that they enjoy, they have because union people someplace along the line fought for them rights."

The celebration at the Labor Temple wrapped up with music from KT County.

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