Labor Day Picnic at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park

By KBJR News 1

September 5, 2011 Updated Sep 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM CDT

It was sunny sky's and a sea of people at Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park for the annual labor day picnic.

Twin ports resident's got a mouthful and an earful at the Bayside Festival Park for Labor Day.

The 123rd annual picnic brought out residents of all ages to celebrate a day meant for rest.

When it comes to labor, some know more than others.

"I got here last night, and have to go back to Minneapolis tomorrow and flying back to Canada tomorrow morning to work the graveyard shift tomorrow morning"

Michael O'Brian also known as O.B. juggles his music career with his steel manufacturing job. His music is meant to inspire change following the blueprint of Pete Seeger and Woodie Guthrie.

Trying to enact change for his cause, which is workers rights, with a mixture of politically relevant lyrics and staying politically active in his personal life, O.B. believes change can happen.

"It's a labor of love if you love something it's not really like working right"

This labor day picnic was flooded with people like O.B., standing up for the labor movement.

But it just wasn't all politics

"I grew up here, I was born here I moved away a couple of times back came back, there's just something about Duluth"

Duluthian's got their fill of free food and games for the kids.

Politicians from Minnesota's LT. Governor, to our local city council candidates spoke at the picnic as well.

Written for web by: Zach Vavricka
zvavricka@northlandsnewscenter.com