Catlettsburg hosts annual Labor Day celebration
CATLETTSBURG - Labor Day is a time to celebrate working folks across the country - and for the residents of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, it is especially important.
Catlettsburg resident Eric Montuoro was one of hundreds of people who lined the street to watch the Labor Day parade roll through town.
Montuoro is originally from San Diego, California, but has lived in Catlettsburg for the past 17 years.
“These small-town community events are so special because they bring the community together and show how wonderful the Catlettsburg community really is,” he said.
This year’s theme was “Spirit of America.”
“It’s important that we show our support of American workers,” Montuoro said. “They are the backbone of our great economy.”
Tracey Crawford, of Catlettsburg, came to watch the parade and memorial balloon release with her 13-year-old daughter, Taylor.
“It’s fun to come out and be a part of a great community celebration,” Crawford said. “We have attended several of these types of events over the years and we have always enjoyed them. ”
Taylor says she doesn’t have a favorite event or activity at the celebration, which started on Friday and ended on Monday.
“I love all of it,” she said.
The grand marshal for the parade was Richard Hart and honorees were Thomas R. Brown and the Catlettsburg High School Class of 1968. Labor Day events included a pancake breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church, Trade Days at the courthouse, a three-on-three basketball tournament at Pauline Hunt Park, and a train display at the Old Depot at 26th and Chestnut streets.
There was also a free cruise-in in the courthouse parking lot and the highlight event was a concert on the main stage at 26th and Broadway that featured musicians Tyler Booth, MoPitney and country music legend Joe Diffie.
The celebration is presented by the City of Catlettsburg, Catlettsburg Fire Department, Catlettsburg Police Department and the Catlettsburg Leadership Community Development Council.
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