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Heuvelton Labor Day event planners look for community support

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HEUVELTON - To pull off this year’s Labor Day celebration, Mayor Barbara A. Lashua says she’s looking for citizens and organizations who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Together with a core of committed volunteers, Mrs. Lashua said, plans for the event are already taking shape.

“It looks like pretty much the skeleton of the event will be very much like last year’s event,” she said.

However, the ad-hoc committee led by Mrs. Lashua that’s planning the event has learned a few lessons since last year.

“The committee is well aware that there were some glitches last year,” Mrs. Lashua said.

The biggest problem last year — parking — is being addressed, Mrs. Lashua said.

“We never expected the draw that we got,” she said.

Besides adding parking, there are a few other changes that will be made this year.

The walk/run and children’s fishing derby will still take place on Saturday, Mrs. Lashua said, but this year the parade, lawn mower races and fireworks will take place, in that order, on Sunday to make for a more intuitive progression of events.

Mrs. Lashua said holding the lawn mower races and fireworks closer together makes more sense since they both take place at the village boat launch.

And for those attendees who couldn’t get enough of last year’s redneck theme, Mrs. Lashua has good news.

“We’ve decided to keep the redneck theme for another year because people enjoyed it so much,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the floats because they were such a riot last year.”

In particular, Mrs. Lashua said, this year’s event will have a “redneck holiday” theme.

The weekend-long festival costs about $5,000, Mrs. Lashua said. The organizing committee is preparing to launch a fundraising campaign as soon as the worst of the winter is over.

“Last year we were very successful,” she said. “The community itself and the surrounding area were so generous.”

Anyone who wants to get involved in this year’s event should call Mrs. Lashua at 344-7123.

Mrs. Lashua said the organizing committee is holding another meeting on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oswegatchie Town Hall.

“Anyone who wants to come and help is more than welcome,” Mrs. Lashua said.

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