Uniontown commemorates 115 years of labor day celebrations

After this event didn't happen last year due to Covid-19, the town was ready for this longstanding tradition to make a comeback.

UNIONTOWN, Kan. –While some throughout the four states may choose to travel to other places this labor day, Uniontown is using the holiday to celebrate its history.

“My great grandad, he was an old settler along with the other gentlemen, and I think they just wanted to have a get-together, you know they were farmers, they were working hard every day, and they just wanted to have a gathering in town, I would assume that’s the way it started.” said attendee Alan Drake. 

The town held its 150th annual Old Settlers Picnic.

This year’s theme was hats off for hometown pride.

On Monday, the old settler’s picnic wrapped up the labor day weekend with a parade.

Highlighting area law enforcement, the local high school, as well as various businesses.

“They usually have baby contests in the morning, and then there’s a parade, and then there’s always local chicken, food, and then there’s also the high school FFA does a food booth as well,” said Monica Ramsey, who’s been attending the event her whole life. 

 After this event didn’t happen last year due to Covid-19, the town was ready for this longstanding tradition to make a comeback.

“You know like everybody’s ready to do something you know, so they’re wanting to get out and go do things because they’ve been cooped up,” said attendee Raymond George.

Many attendees had heritage with strong ties to the parade.

“My fifth great grandmother settled here in 1857,” said Drake.

“At home, I have a picture of my great great grandad, in 1909, and the caption–he was with ten or twelve older gentlemen and the caption was old settlers day, 1909. so we have quite a heritage with the drakes in this area,” said Ramsey. 

Not only did attendees enjoy the labor day holiday, but they also got to be a part of the town’s unique history.