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Hundreds work at Du Quoin State Fair on Labor Day

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) -

Labor Day is a national holiday, but that's doesn't mean everyone gets to have the day off to celebrate.

For hundreds of people at the Du Quoin State Fair in Du Quoin, the day is filled with lots of work trying to keep thousands of people enjoying their day at the fair.

"I've been doing this for the past nine years," said Beth Lipe as she collected the parking fees from another load of fairgoers.

"It's a great tribute to everyone who has to work everyday. And this is a great way to end the holiday weekend."

Out along the midway the Pokerney family is busying cooking up another kettle of their famous kettle corn for their 15th consecutive year of working the fair on Labor Day.

"We, we're around all kinds of people and we get to see all these smiling faces," said Stanley Pokerney.

"There is a lot of good and it's just a lot of fun. Lots of work, but it's fun."

On this Labor Day during the 89th Du Quoin State Fair it was hard to tell who was working harder, the people running the rides, or the people working in the concession stands.

"For me Labor Day is funnel cakes and corn dogs," said Josh Loyd.

"It's been an experience to work today. And it's been a steady crowd. It's neat for people to get a day off from work."

The first Labor Day celebration in our nation's history took place in New York City in 1882.

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