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Pat and Arnie Outzen serve food at the Clinton Labor Congress’ annual Labor Day picnic Sunday at Eagle Point Park.

Samantha PIdde/Clinton Herald
Clinton Herald

Clinton- area residents turned out for the Clinton Labor Congress’ annual Labor Day Picnic at Eagle Point Park Lodge.

Sunday afternoon, people filled the lodge, sitting at tables while eating pork sandwiches, and visiting informational tables. The walls of the room were lined with tables from different labor groups and political candidates. Several politicians, including Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack, attended the event.

Bob Soesbe said Labor Day is about recognizing every kind of worker, not just union members. Soesbe has been involved in the celebration for years. He said the holiday is not a celebration of the end of summer or anything else people might think, but is a celebration of this country’s workers.

Soesbe said the Clinton Labor Congress has existed for 110 years and some form of celebration has been held for more than 100 years. He said they have been holding this type of Labor Day picnic for more than 30 years. David Keefer of the Clinton Labor Congress said the point of the picnic is to support the middle class.

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