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Union members enjoy Labor Day picnic

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Kids enjoy the rides at the picnic Kids enjoy the rides at the picnic
The Machinists Lodge in Quincy The Machinists Lodge in Quincy
Members enjoying the weather at the picnic Members enjoying the weather at the picnic
Over a thousand people attended the picnic Over a thousand people attended the picnic
Food items were brought to donate to local food pantries Food items were brought to donate to local food pantries
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a Labor Day picnic put on by the Machinists Lodge in Quincy. Members of over 15 local unions brought their families out for a day of food and fun to celebrate Labor Day but also to give back to the community.

Edwin Martinez, works at Kohl Wholesale and said he's thankful to have a rare day to spend with his family.

"Our schedule, especially theirs is busy all the time with school, sports and activities, and with me working nights," Martinez said. "It's kind of nice to have a day to be with them."

The Labor Day Picnic at the Machinist Lodge 822 gave kids the chance to have a day of fun, while parents enjoyed a day of relaxation.

"We're here to just sit with friends and enjoy a good time, a good fried chicken dinner," lodge president Steve Schutte said. "We've got rides for the kids, just enjoying a holiday that is deserving for labor."

For members of local unions, Labor Day is a reminder of how hard men and women worked before them to have luxuries workers enjoy today.

"This country was built on labor, on the backs of labor," Schutte said. "This country will go nowhere without labor. No matter what you have, it takes the labor force to produce the product, to ship it out, and get it to where it belongs."

The picnic was not only a chance to celebrate Labor Day, but also a chance to give back to local charities.

"People bring in a grocery item and that goes to a charity, a needy charity." Schutte said." We sell whatever chicken, liver and gizzards we have it, we sell it and that money goes to Camp Callahan."

Martinez said no matter what day it is, time with family is time well spent.

"It's not everyday you get the whole family together and have people around you that care about you, so it's good," Martinez added.

Organizers say more than $500 is expected to be donated, while more than 300 food items will be given to local food pantries.

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