The picnic has a rich history. The combine efforts of the Fort Wayne Unions have put together this celebration since 1981. This year they celebrated hard work in the form of a free picnic at Headwaters Park. Fort Wayne Unions have been celebrating Labor longer than the Labor Day Holiday has been around. Tom Lewandiowski, the President of North Eastern Indiana Central Labor Council, says “Folks have been celebrating Labor Day in North Eastern Indiana for 120 years. Five years before it became a national holiday.” This annual event gives people a chance reflect on countless hours they put into their jobs. Lewandiowski, “Its our day! Most people work, and we are seldom honored the way we should be. It’s kind of a party for ourselves and the community.” Those not in the Union were also welcomed to join in. Event officials say no questions are asked at the door. Richard Merren, a Co-Chair of the Picnic, says “It’s for members, families and friends. If somebody comes from the neighborhood comes in, they are welcome.” Throughout the years this party has gained a big following. Orval Plumlee, the Spokesperson for the Local 2209, says “ It seems to be growing leaps and bounds were looking at probably 10,000 people.” Event officials say today’s festivities are more than just a good time. Labor Day is not just a holiday. It’s to remember how they became. Merren says “Labor Day is not just a holiday. Its to remember how they became.” Lewandiowski says “Folks got together to celebrate labor. Thousand of people showed up and they are showing up still.” The event is voluntarily funded by Unions and businesses.