This year, organizers said they aim to honor Jarden Home Brands employees and United Steelworkers Local 970 members who lost their jobs this summer when the Cloquet plant closed. The Jarden plant, which made matches and toothpicks, was in operation for more than 100 years.
“We want to honor past employees of Jarden,” said Dianne Barkos, vice-chair of the Carlton County Labor Day Celebration. “We can feel a loss in the community … they’re our neighbors. It’s sad and a big deal to us.”
Residents will have an opportunity to help their displaced neighbors as volunteers walk through the crowds collecting donations for the Jarden employees. There also will be a donation box at the Labor Day Picnic after the parade.
Former state senator and representative Becky Lourey was selected as this year’s parade grand marshal.
Labor Day activities begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday with three different races — including the new Lost Forester 20-kilometer adventure run — at Pine Valley Park, 1106 Olympic Drive. The races raise money for an orphanage in Uganda; find details at hopemultipurpose.org.
A classic car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Avenue C and 13th Street near City Hall.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. and travels down Cloquet Avenue from 18th Street North to Eighth Street.
A free Labor Day picnic is open to the public from noon to 2 p.m. upstairs at the Cloquet Labor Temple, 1403 Avenue C.
The annual Labor Day Carnival will occur from noon to 5 p.m. at Pinehurst Park. The carnival is free and features a petting zoo, inflatable amusement rides, face painting, a climbing wall, music and a sawdust scramble for $ 100 in coins.
• The “Old Timers Banquet” will be held at noon Sunday at the Cloquet National Guard Armory, where a free lunch is served to Carlton County residents of at least 10 years who are 62 and older. There will be prizes and music.
Duluth, Iron Range events
The Duluth AFL-CIO’s Labor Day Picnic will take place at Bayfront Park from noon to 4 p.m. Monday. On the Iron Range, the AFL-CIO’s Labor Day Picnic will be held at Olcott Park in Virginia, also from noon to 4 p.m. Monday.