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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 27, 2008

Labor Day is probably one of the biggest misnomers on our calendar, so let’s set the record straight.

Labor Day is not a day when you should work.

Labor Day is in fact a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create “a day off for the working man.”

Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. All 50 states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s.

Politically, is doesn’t matter if you’re management or labor. We all deserve a day off. Luckily, we don’t have very far to go in our area to have a fantastic, bang-up Labor Day celebration.

This weekend, Graettinger celebrates its 112th annual Labor Day Celebration with three full days of events and entertainment.

Starting Saturday, there will be a kick ball tourney, men’s golf tourney, and city-wide garage sales all starting at 8 a.m. They’ll be followed by the FFA grain and flower show at 9 and antique tractor pull at 10.

The McDermott carnival opens at 1 p.m. followed by bingo at Old Pieces of Eight at 3, demolition derby at 4, and street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday kicks off with the Hillcrest men’s golf tourney at 8 a.m. along with the firemen’s breakfast, FFA grain and flower show, volleyball tourney, softball tourney, and concessions starting at the same time. Then hitch on up for the tractor ride at 9.

At 11 the FFA fun day starts along with the craft show.

Sunday afternoon, the carnival opens again at 1 along with bingo. At 1:30 enjoy the ATV pull and ATV mud bog, both at the demo derby site. The variety show with queen contest will be held at the Graettinger High School gym at 7 p.m.

Labor Day events start at 8 a.m. with the 5K and fun run and walk followed by the Legion races, FFA grain and flower show, and FFA barnyard at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a Blue Mound turkey dinner will be held at the Methodist Church. A craft show will be held at the Graettinger Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday afternoon events start with the McDermott carnival at 1 p.m. along with the bake sale.

At 1:45 p.m., enjoy the parade of 150-plus entries followed by the Legion Auxiliary lunch from 3-7 p.m., fun and games at Fahnestock Park at 4 p.m., and grand drawing at 7.

Can you think of a better reason to not work this Labor Day weekend?