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    Labour Day Picnic in the Park

    Labour Feeds the Community

    Labour Day picnic 2015 posterEverything at this year’s picnic (except the cash bar) will be FREE.

    We will serve free hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as corn-on-the-cob and vegetarian samosas.

    We will also have lots of FREE children's activities, including pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting, balloon making, and more!

    FREE Live Music!

    Our picnic is a fundraiser for services that help our community: all profits from the event will be donated on a 50-50 basis to the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

    Click on the image on the left for a full-size printable poster.

    Check out photos from last year's Labour Day picnic on our Facebook page.

    Please help spread the word by sharing our Tweets and Facebook posts about this event!

    September 07, 2015 at 12pm
    Waterloo Park
    Father David Bauer Drive
    Waterloo N2L
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    Waterloo Region $15 and Fairness advocates Jesse Bauman,
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