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Greene celebrates 100th year of annual Labor Day Picnic

GREENE (WBNG) — The Greene community celebrated a monumental milestone Monday as it hosted it’s 100th Annual Labor Day Picnic.

Labor Day Picnic Association President Byron Miller says, “it’s an exciting day for all of us, anything that can be 100 years old you have to be doing something right.”

State Senator Fred Akshar stopped by the picnic saying, “a hundred years of putting huge smiles on people’s faces, I think speaks volumes to this small community.”

The picnic kicked off with a parade and offered everything from live music to carnival games and piping hot barbecue.

Picnic-goers, however, say the best part goes far beyond the food.

“This is like another family reunion all getting together, the class of 2000, class of 2004, the class of ’66, there’s a little bit of everybody here, meeting and greeting and having a good time,” adds Miller.

Soon-to-be Greene fourth-grader Dylan Heggelke stopped by the picnic with his mom, dad and sister. While he took part in the parade and snagged plenty of free candy, he says he really enjoyed spending the day with his family.

“It’s really fun, I don’t really get that opportunity very often,” said Heggelke.

The 100th anniversary was commemorated with the unveiling of a huge, mosaic display created by Jablon Studios.

The display was created by local students and highlights the picnic’s fireworks, carnival rides and 100 years of celebration.

Julia Gorman

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