Our View: Celebrations, festival show community spirit

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Labor Day weekend was packed full of events, celebrations and community spirit.

Each year for 115 years, the community has gathered in downtown Winchester for the annual Labor Day parade.

The event is the longest running parade in the state of Kentucky, and it’s something of which to be incredibly proud.

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It’s a fantastic festival full of music, dancing, community groups and more.

Most importantly, it’s a meeting place for hundreds of people each year as the culmination of a weekend full of community events.

Besides the parade, the Labor Day Committee plans a family fun day, sports tournaments, live music and more throughout the weekend.

Additionally, for more than four decades the community had gathered for the annual Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival, which offers a weekend chock full of arts and crafts, live music and more.

While separate, both events draws thousands to the community on Labor Day weekend.

They offer a place for residents to gather together, reconnect and relax. They also offer an opportunity for natives to return and visit their hometown, their childhood friends and their family.

While the influx of visitors and economic impact are great for the community, the weekend of festivities is about so much more.

It offers a chance for connections and renewed connections.

It creates a feeling of togetherness, pride and excitement.

While it comes around only once a year, the spirit of the weekend is something we wish could live on year-round.