Great Falls Tribune: Families, friends gather for 29th annual Labor Day picnic

It was a good day for a picnic Monday as a healthy crowd with a healthy appetite filled the Central Park area of Montana ExpoPark for the 29th annual Labor Day picnic in Great Falls.

The free yearly event, put on by the Central Montana Central Labor Council, drew people in with a free meal of hot dogs and soda. Many attendees proudly wore hats or T-shirts that showed off their labor union affiliations. Some had been coming for years, others were first timers, but for many, Labor Day held a much deeper significance to them than just a day off from work.

“I remember going to it as a kid here with my father,” said Steve Olszewski, a member of the Local 400 Operating Engineers union who works as a boiler operator at West Elementary.

“My father belonged to the Laborers’ union, and he always thought it was important to get out and meet other union members.

“It’s about American workers doing American jobs,” he added. “Working hard for a living and enjoying that living.”

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