EUREKA- It’s a Labor Day tradition 75 years in the making.
“To say thank you to all of the union workers and union families in the area. And it's just a celebration here at one of the best spots in Eureka at Sequoia Park to have a barbecue,” John Frahm, Secretary/Treasurer of the Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
Barbecue attendees had their pick out of 200 lbs of tri-tip, 200 pounds of hamburgers, 40 pounds of hot dogs, 80 pounds of potato salads and macaroni salads and green salads, 5 sheet cakes, and 400 sodas.
“It's a really good barbecue thing, people are really impressed that we're even doing this, we're reaching out to help families,” said event attendee Patrick Brown.
Although the barbecue was free, each year the organizers ask all event goers to bring a can of food to be donated to a charity. Last year, the barbecue collected over 750 lbs of food for the food bank. This year, they hope to collect 1,000 lbs, to be donated to Humboldt County Domestic Violence Services.
And while donated cans stacked up, city council candidates and county officials helped spread the message of the day: vote yes on Measure R.
“We're talking a little bit about measure r and how it's really important to pay people a fair wage, to build people up,” said 3rd Ward Eureka City Council Candidate Kim Bergel. “There's never been a time I’ve read about or heard where building somebody up has been a problem, giving them more money.”
And with the Fair Wage Act at the forefront of discussion, this Labor Day is so much more than a day of celebration.
“We're supporting Humboldt County and we're trying to make it as strong county,” Brown said. “Whether you're part of the union or are not part of any unions, I don't care. I just want us to know that we're part of Humboldt County.”