Tug-O-War Sept. 7 will benefit $5 for the Fight

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Tug-O-WarTeams, sponsors still needed for Labor Day competition

There’s still time to sign-up for the sixth Labor Tug-O-War, to see which local has what it takes to topple two-time champions Sprinkler Fitters Local 268.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the $5 for the Fight fund to help out-of-work union members in need of financial assistance.

Last year’s event raised $13,500 for the fund.

MAKE IT PART
OF YOUR LABOR DAY

The union competition, a joint project of the Rockwood and Tri-County Labor Clubs, will be held in downtown St. Louis on Labor Day, Sept. 7, immediately following the annual parade. Teams and sponsors are needed.

“We know many locals have a gathering back at their union hall or at an area park, but we are hoping they are able to man a team to participate immediately after the parade,” said Event Chairman and Rockwood Labor Club President Marty McClimens, a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562.

“Who knows?” McClimens said. “They may even be able to beat the Sprinkler Fitters and take the trophy or a medal back to their gathering along with some bragging rights.”

The Tug-O-War is open to all locals in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

The competition will be held in Kaufman Park at 13th and Chestnut streets starting at 11:30 a.m. –– barring any delays. The Labor Day parade kicks off at 9 a.m. and usually lasts two hours.

FUN FOR ALL

The day’s activities will include:

  • A double elimination contest with medals going to the top four teams. The winner taking home the travelling Greg Booth/Dee Sprayberry Memorial Crystal Trophy, named after the late IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Booth and late Operating Engineers Local 513 veteran Business Representative Sprayberry. The medals and trophy presentations will take place about 1:30 p.m.
  • A kids tug-o-war halfway through the event, with candy for all participants.
  • Fun and excitement will abound as union members and their families cheer on their big and little champions.

Food and drinks will be provided by local unions.

BE A SPONSOR

As an important part of the fund raising effort, sponsorships are available. Contact McClimens at 314-920-1404 or email: mcclimens@local562.org.

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