Labor Day, signals end of summer

Setting aside a holiday for the American workforce was first proposed in the early 1880’s before it gained momentum in 1887 with the first observance held that year in Oregon. Labor Day became a National holiday seven years later in 1894 the first Monday in September is also celebrated in Canada.

For many Labor Day signifies the end of summer, in years past it was followed by area youth beginning a new school year. However nowadays, students have been in school for a few weeks and the extended weekend serves as the first respite from studies of the new 2019-20 school year.

In the United State, Labor Day is celebrated the First Monday of each September as a means to recognize the workers and their contributions to the work force. The extended weekend sprung from union workers desire to celebrate employee’s contributions.

Although no local celebrations are planned for Labor Day, September is a busy month in Rush County with a number of activities rapidly approaching.

Tonight – The RCHS Lions football team will host the New Castle Trojans. Kickoff is a 7 p.m.

Saturday – Phoenix Lodge 62 and Martha Poe 143 will host a freewill Community Breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at 841 South SR 3. Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, homemade sausage gravy and biscuits, orange juice, coffee milk and water. Carry outs ae available.

Monday – Free concert at Riverside Park Amphitheater beginning at 7 p.m. with opening act The Henthorn LLC taking the stage at 7 p.m. followed by ZoSo the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Band playing shortly after 8 p.m.

- Attention race fans: The Rush County Fairgrounds track will be the place to be the with the inaugural Brad Gray Memorial race. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and many racing legends will be on hand including Tony Stewart. The largest purse race of the year will feature a 40-lap green flag feature race with 20 racers.

Contact: of (765) 932 – 2222 x106.

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