Herscher has provided Labor Day fun for nearly a century

August 31, 2018

Some area residents continue to lament the loss of the Kankakee Valley Regatta, a national championship professional boat race and festival that took place along the Kankakee River for years before ending in 2013.

The event was held during Labor Day weekend, and a void has been left as we head into the fifth straight year of its absence. But those who don’t think there are any entertainment opportunities in these parts during the coming holiday have never visited the Herscher Labor Day celebration.

Now in its 98th year, three full days of activities will stretch from Saturday through Monday in the village’s downtown, and it is a something for everyone type of event. A story, including a full schedule, appeared in the Daily Journal on Wednesday.

In a world where most things tend to run their course, it’s refreshing to see that Herscher has maintained this event for about 100 years. While it remains to see if a regatta kind of event will ever return, it’s relatively certain that Herscher will carry on for years to come.

We thank the village for clinging to this worthy tradition. It’s been popular for generations, and it’s time for a new generation to join in on the fun.

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