Labor Day a big deal in Oak Creek |

Labor Day a big deal in Oak Creek

Holiday was occasion to honor men, women working in coal mines

— For the residents of Oak Creek and South Routt County, there are very few holidays that get more attention than Labor Day.

Oak Creek hosts the arguably biggest Labor Day celebration in the county, thanks in large part to its history as a coalmining community. The town schedules plenty of activities surrounding Labor Day to honor the men and women laborers in the community, as well as past laborers.

The theme for this year’s festivities is “Another Day in Paradise.”

To Oak Creek Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman, there couldn’t have been a more perfect theme.

“Oak Creek is a paradise. How could (the theme) be anything else?” she said.

This year, the town is bringing back favorite events, such as the parade and skydivers in Decker Park. New events also have been added, including comedian Bryan Kellen and the Paradigm Theater’s rendition of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which began Friday and runs through Monday.

Becky Wisecup, president of the Labor Day Committee, said the weekend is shaping up to be one of the best Labor Day celebrations yet.

“There are a lot of things we’re really excited about. We’re really excited to have Bryan Kellen coming to town. He’s been on TV. He has opened for George Lopez. He’s hilarious,” she said.

Musicians such as Jimmy Thackery, the Greenridge Ramblers, Myria Jean and Better Half will provide entertainment throughout the weekend, she said.

There are nearly two dozen parade float categories this year, including most comical float, best out-of-town float, best decorated golf cart, best decorated pet and best with theme. Trophies will be provided to the first-place winner in each category.

Wisecup said this year’s celebration also features more family friendly things to do, as well as more games and events for children.

“We’ve really been trying to build the event for the kids,” she said.

Although South Routt residents always mark their calendars for Labor Day, Wisecup wants the entire county to know there is an open invitation to attend any one of the events during the jam-packed, five-day schedule.

“It’s a big hoopla,” she said. “We’re four seasons of fun.”

– To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail

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