NEPA Labor Day celebration planned in W-B

i Aug 22nd 2016

By Jacob Seibel, Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice

WILKES-BARRE — The NEPA Labor Day celebration, which will honor the area’s heritage, will kick off next month in Kirby Park.

The free festival is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre and feature live music, various artists and vendors.

Glen Lyon native and former Major League Baseball pitcher Bob Duliba will be giving autographs at 2 p.m. Photos will be available for a $1 donation to raise money for those in the Community Living Center at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township.

“We honor our heritage in this area,” said Wayne Namey, co-chair of NEPA Labor Day Committee, “and (Duliba) is part of a group of sports athletes to come out of Northeastern Pennsylvania that represent the people of Wyoming Valley.”

Duliba served in the Korean War and was a MLB pitcher with the Cardinals, Red Sox and the KC Athletics.

Namey said Labor Day honors the area’s labor heritage, local veterans who served during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to name a few, and those who worked in coal mines and the garment industry.

A celebrity dunk tank will also be at the event to help raise money for local veterans, which will include participants such as Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George.