Supervisor lauds Labor Day event organizers

PORT HENRY - Moriah's 119th annual Labor Day celebration was a rousing success, according to Tom Scozzafava.

"I think overall most people had a good time," the Moriah supervisor said. "It was a nice parade; a nice day. I want to thank all the volunteers who contributed."

Scozzafava singled out Jack Woods, president of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, for his work on the annual event.

"The man works morning to night to put everything together," Scozzafava said of Woods. "There wouldn't be a Labor Day celebration without Jack."

Scozzafava noted the growing financial pressures on the annual celebration. Bands for the parade now cost $3,500-$5,000 each and the fireworks display is more costly each year, the supervisor said.

Sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, this year's events were held Sept. 5 and 6. The parade was Sunday.

This year's Labor Day celebrated the Lake Champlain quadricentennial.

Characters portraying Samuel de Champlain, who discovered Lake Champlain 400 years ago, and the mythical lake monster Champ took part in the two -day affair to mark the unofficial end of summer.

Activities began Saturday with a concert by the Main Street Band 6-9 p.m. at Port Henry beach. During the performance there were children's games.

At 9 p.m. there was a fireworks display.

Sunday the parade stepped off at 1 p.m. and proceeded down Broad Street to Main Street, finishing at Park Place.

Rita Collins, owner of the Collins Lounge and Motel in Port Henry and a charter member of the Moriah chamber served as parade grand marshal.

The parade featured floats and community groups.

Following the parade there was a chicken barbecue on Church Street along with children's rides, games and food.

The Fritz Polka Band performed on Church Street at 3 p.m. and the In-Laws entertained at 6 p.m. to conclude the celebration.

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