Workers from across the Fort Wayne area turned out for the annual free Labor Day Family Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday under the pavilion at Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets in downtown Fort Wayne.
Organized by the Northeast Indiana Central Labor Council, the event brought together people from a variety of work and ethnic backgrounds as they celebrated union labor and enjoyed free food and beverages ranging from hot dogs, chili and potato chips to Burmese, Colombian and Mexican fare. Entertainment included music by union Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians, kiddie rides and more.
The event attracted an estimated 7,000 people last year, and “we are on track for that or more,” Tom Lewandowski, Northeast Indiana Central Labor Council president, said at about noon Monday.
All of the food and activities were provided through voluntary donations from local unions and worker-friendly businesses, an event news release said.