GREENE – The tents are already up and ready to go at the Greene Ball Flats in anticipation of one of the village’s longest standing traditions: the annual community-wide Labor Day Picnic. Now in its 91st year, some 10,000 visitors are expected to celebrate the end of summer on Monday at the family-friendly event.
“The community all looks forward to it,” reported Byron Miller, who has been involved with the event for close to 40 years. Miller has spent over a decade as president of the Greene Labor Day Picnic Association, the volunteer-based group which has kept the tradition alive for more than nine decades.
This year, he said, the festivities will kick off much as it has throughout the event’s history – with hose fights downtown at 8 a.m, followed by the annual Labor Day parade which steps off at 10 a.m.
According to Miller, floats will begin lining up by 9:30 a.m. in the Raymond Corporation parking lot. This year’s lineup will include a number of area fire departments, the Greene High School Marching Band, local scouting and community groups, as well as a procession of antique cars and tractors.
The parade will make its way through downtown Greene, ending at the Ball Flats, where the amusement rides, carnival games and food booths will already be in full swing.
The amusement rides, provided by 3-D Amusements, are always popular with local children, according to Miller. And this year they will once again have a chance to ride them on Sunday as well, as they will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. on the day before the picnic.
While these rides typically cater more to younger children, there will be attractions for adults as well, Miller said, including exhibits at the Scout House, and a race car simulator.