Sponsored by the Port Henry Fire Department Auxiliary, MacBoston 18 Truck will return as part of Port Henry’s annual Labor Day celebration. The fire truck is an inspirational and memorial vehicle in tribute to fallen firefighters.The truck includes the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty engraved on its side. A local firefighter’s name was added to the truck during the 2011 Labor Day celebration. Beverly Pratt, the father of Port Henry Past Chief and Past President William (Billy) Pratt’s father, was honored.
Tradition will live on this Labor Day weekend in Port Henry.
The town of Moriah will hold its 121st annual Labor Day celebration. Activities are planned Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 1, in the village of Port Henry. The festivities are sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s been a tradition for a long time,” said Jack Woods, Moriah chamber president. “Everyone is happy to see it continue; it makes a lot of people happy. It’s very rewarding to see all the kids, senior citizens, everyone come out and enjoy the events.”
The celebration will begin Saturday when the pH7 Committee will sponsor a hula hoop twirling contest at the park by the information booth at 10 a.m. The one who twirls their hoop the longest during two songs will win a 30-minute riding lesson from Black Watch Farm.
The band Loose Connections will perform at Port Henry beach 6 to 9 p.m. The concert will be followed by a fireworks display at the beach.
Sunday’s activities will begin at 11 a.m. with amusement rides, games and vendors on Church Street. Penelope the Clown will attend. A chicken barbecue will be held at noon on Main Street at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Place.
There will be a mile road race just prior to the 1 p.m. Labor Day parade, Woods said. The race will go down Broad Street to Main Street, following much of the parade route. Registration will be at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Baptist Church on Church Street in Port Henry. To register ahead of time contact Sue Zelinski at 546-9770 or Owen Sadowski at 942-8073.
Line up for the parade will be at noon with the parade starting at 1 p.m.
Linda DuRoss will serve as parade grand marshal.
“Linda’s done a great deal for the community,” Woods said. “She’s involved in almost everything and always is willing to help out when needed.”
DuRoss, the long-time manager of the Glens Falls National Bank in Port Henry, is a past Moriah Citizen of the Year. She has served on the Port Henry village board, been deputy village mayor, been active in the chamber of commerce, served on the Sherman Free Library board and more.
The parade will start on Broad Street and proceed to Main Street before ending at Park Place.
“If anyone would like to join the parade they are welcome,” Woods said. “The more people we get involved the better.”
To register for the parade call Woods at 546-7816 or Ronnie Cunningham at 546-7227.
Following the parade the bands will perform on Church Street, where vendors will be set up along with amusement rides.
Sponsored by the Port Henry Fire Department Auxiliary, MacBoston 18 Truck will also return as part of Port Henry’s annual Labor Day celebration. The fire truck is an inspirational and memorial vehicle in tribute to fallen firefighters. Mac is in memory of firefighter Paul MacMurray of Hudson Falls; Boston refers to the city of Boston, where the truck was purchased; 18 was MacMurray’s badge number. The truck includes the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty engraved on its side.
The Port Henry Fire Department organized the annual community Labor Day celebration for a century. The chamber of commerce took over those duties two decades ago.