50 Years of Celebrating Labor Day

A Saline County community is planning a labor day celebration which has been going on annually for nearly a half century. The Brookeville Labor Day Celebration is this Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers tell KSAL News this year’s Grand Marshall is Janet Watkins.

Janet was born in rural Brookville in 1937. She graduated from Brookville high school in 1955. She is a proud graduate of the Asbury school of nursing. She graduated nursing school in 1958. After graduation she married Ward Watkins and they were happily married for 56 years. She was an RN at Asbury Hospital and later worked for Dr. Schmidt, Livingston and Nichol until she retired. She was also a first responder for the town of Brookville. Every Christmas week that Ward worked in the post office she provided cookies and coffee. She was active in the Brookville Methodist Church.

The Brookeville Labor Day Celebration began back in the early 1970s.


Saturday 9/4

  • Mud volleyball- check in- 8:30am 1st game 9:00
  • Vendors in the park- 10am-2pm
  • Food Vendors in the park- 11am-1pm
  • The Cozy Inn eating contest- NOON in the park
  • Cornhole Tournament- 7pm
  • Taylor Kline playing at Sandstone- 8pm

Sunday 9/5:

  • Cowboy Church: 9:30am
  • Vendors in the park- 10am-2pm
  • Bouncy Houses-10am-2pm
  • Cake walk at 10am
  • Food Vendors in the park-11am-1pm
  • Tractor Pull: 11:00am
  • Parade: line up at the school @11:30.
  • Parade starts at noon!!!
  • Turtle Races Start:12:30
  • Rodeo:2PM
  • LAZY WAYNE-Rodeo Dance 7pm-11pm


This year’s Grand Marshall is Janet Watkins.