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Moriah planning 120th Labor Day celebration

MORIAH - The 120th annual Moriah Labor Day Weekend celebration promises to continue the tradition of a fun-filled community event.

The two-day event Sept. 4 and 5, sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, features a parade, fireworks, music, and plenty of activities for all ages.

Jack Woods, president of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, serves as one of the main organizers for the event. He said he can still remember the excitement of Moriah Labor Day celebrations he experienced as a young boy.

"It's been a tradition for over 110 years, and people have always loved to come to it," Woods said, noting how the event was organized by the Moriah Fire Department until recent years.

"We're so lucky to have the fire department organize it for over 100 years," he said.

This year's celebration kicks off 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 with bands performing at the Port Henry Beach. Food vendors will be on hand at the pier, where spectators can view fireworks at 9 p.m.

Beginning noon Sunday Sept. 5, floats and community groups will line up for the 1 p.m. parade along Broad Street and Main Street. Immediately following the parade is a special marching band demonstration.

"We've got a great parade lined up," Woods said. "We're very pleased with the way things are going."

Noon also marks the start of the chicken barbecue and the opening of carnival rides for children. Champ is expected to make his usual appearance, and Penelope the Clown may be on hand as well. Bands will be playing throughout the afternoon and evening, capped off by a 6-9 p.m. performance at the Port Henry Pier.

"We hope everybody will turn out and have fun," Woods said, "and we appreciate their continued support."

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