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Ashland LaborFest celebrates workers, families, community

September 4, 2018
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Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch Kamryn Gedeon, 9, Bryson Gideon, 10, and Adrian DelGado, 14, of Ashland eat ice cream together during LaborFest on Monday, September 3, 2018, at Central Park in Ashland.

ASHLAND - Ashland’s annual “LaborFest” featured live musical performances, along with free ice cream, cotton candy and other goodies and activities on Monday.

“This is a wonderful, end-of-the-summer event that celebrates workers, families and the entire community,” said Sue Dowdy, executive director of the Ashland/Boyd County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Dowdy said the event is about 20 years old and is celebrated on Labor Day at Central Park.

“People are out here with their families and making some great memories,” Dowdy said. “We wanted to offer something free that would celebrate everyone, including those that work, those that are disabled and can’t work and those who want to work, but can’t find a job.”

Entertainment was provided by Mattox Hale, Oddnoggin (Tim Holmes and Shirley Seim) and Carrier. Activities included a free ice cream social, door prizes, Cotton Candy by Sweet and Sassy, balloon art by Peanuts the Clown, corn hole and face painting.

The City of Ashland Parks and Recreation Department sponsored the event.

“Everyone in Ashland adores this park and this is an event people look forward to every year,” said Pat Steen, an Ashland City Commissioner.

JoAnna James, of Catlettsburg, says she has never missed a LaborFest event.

“I am a widow and I like to get out as much as I can, especially on such an important holiday as Labor Day,” James said. “I have my sister and my niece with me and we are having a blast.”

Tammy Gedeon, of Ashland, came to the event for this first time with her children, Bryson, Kamryn and Adrian.

“I love all the stuff they have for the kids,” Gedeon said. “This is such a family friendly event.”

Bryson said his favorite thing was the free ice cream, while his sister Kamryn said her favorite was Peanuts the Clown.

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