GREENE – As one of the town’s longest running annual events, the Greene Labor Day Picnic has taken on a life of its own over the past 92 years. What began in 1919 as a community picnic where participants rode ferries across the Chenango River for the festivities, now routinely draws upwards of 10,000 people to the Greene Ball Flats.
According to the Greene Labor Day Picnic Association’s president and long-time contributor Byron Miller, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate community, family, friends and the end of another summer.
“It’s just a big part of the community and it always has been,” said Miller, who’s been involved with the town picnic for over four decades now. “It’s one of those events where you’ll see people you might only see once or twice a year, or you might run into someone you graduated with and haven’t seen for ten years. It’s all about people and community.”
The family friendly event will kick-off at 8 a.m. Monday in downtown Greene with the ever-popular hose fights, “always a big draw,” according to Miller, followed by the Labor Day Parade at 10 a.m. This year’s parade will feature the usual mix of local fire departments, tractors, antique cars and hot rods and a number of local scouting and community groups, all led by the Greene High School Marching Band.