Another day in paradise

Oak Creek promises its Labor Day celebrations will be better than ever

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— For the residents of Oak Creek and South Routt County, there are very few holidays that get more attention than Labor Day.

Oak Creek arguably hosts the biggest Labor Day celebration in the county, perhaps because so many South Routt residents are hard-working ranchers, farmers and coal miners. The town schedules five days of activities surrounding Labor Day to honor the men and women laborers in the community as well as past laborers.

The theme for this year's festivities is "Another Day in Paradise."

To Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, there couldn't have been a more perfect theme.

"Oak Creek is a paradise. How could (the theme) be anything else?" she said.

This year, the town is bringing back favorite events such as the parade and skydivers in Decker Park. New events also have been added, including comedian Bryan Kellen and the Paradigm Theater's rendition of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show," which begins Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 4.

Becky Wisecup, president of the Labor Day Committee, said this year's Labor Day weekend is shaping up to be one of the best celebrations the county has seen.

"There are a lot of things we're really excited about. We're really excited to have Bryan Kellen coming to town. He's been on TV, he's opened for George Lopez. He's hilarious," she said.

Musicians such as Jimmy Thackery, who wowed crowds last year, the Greenridge Ramblers, Myria Jean and Better Half will provide entertainment throughout the weekend, she said.

There are nearly two dozen parade float categories this year, including most comical float, best out-of-town float, best decorated golf cart, best decorated pet and best with theme. Trophies will be provided to the first-place winner in each category.

Wisecup said this year's celebration also features more family friendly activities as well as more games and events for children.

"We've really been trying to build the event for the kids," she said.

Although South Routt residents always mark their calendars for Labor Day, Wisecup wants the entire county to know there is an open invitation to attend any one of the events during the jam-packed, five-day schedule.

"It's a big hoopla," she said. "We're four seasons of fun."

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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