Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC) won’t host its annual Labor Day picnic again this year because of continuing COVID-19 restrictions for large gatherings. The event was also canceled last year because of the pandemic. NOLC’s Labor Day event at Oaks Park is one of the largest west of the Mississippi, with crowds of over 18,000. Oaks Park is limited to gatherings of 2,500 people for the remainder of 2021.
“We are very disappointed, but are looking forward to making the 2022 Labor Day picnic the very best ever,” said NOLC Executive Secretary Bob Tackett. “Please know that next year we are going to have one heck of a party!”
It is the second time since 1985 that NOLC hasn’t sponsored a picnic on Labor Day.
Lane County Central Labor Chapter also cancelled its picnic.
Southwest Washington and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum central labor councils were planning to host their joint Labor Day picnic at Haydu Park in Kalama, but on Aug. 19, because of the new Delta variant and logistics not coming together, the picnic was cancelled.