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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 28, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

Planning has begun to offer Black Diamond, and especially its children and young people, a traditional Labor Days celebration. At a well-attended first meeting last week, eighteen interested persons began to draw the plans that will make the celebration possible.

Sid Bergestrom and Steve (Home Smith) Gustin are acting as temporary co-chairmen. Sue Capponi will be in charge of the Finance Committee which involves soliciting donations for prizes, etc. Chuck Capponi will handle the Soap Box Derby, George and Dianne Wilson will do the promotions.

There was a general consensus among those attending that the event was mainly intended to be for Black Diamond and the smaller Valley cities rather than for large numbers of Seattle area people who unfortunately have viewed it as opportunity to come into this area to drink and “tear up the town.” (more…)

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Originally published in The News Tribune, April 23, 1995

By Lisa Kremer
The News Tribune

For 47 years, Black Diamond’s Labor Day celebration has displayed the essence of a close-knit small town.

There were three-legged races. A greased-pole climb. A shoe-kicking contest. And a parade everyone in the community could join—and did.

But this year, organizers are afraid there might be no three-day Labor Day celebration. Only three people came to the last organizational meeting, said Lorianne Taff, who was there.

Taff moved to Black Diamond less than two years ago.

“I fell in love with the town and the charm of the town, and I want to see it preserved,” Taff said. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times, August 24, 1958

A bullfrog-jumping contest will be a highlight of Black Diamond’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration.

The number of entries still is undetermined, said John Crivello, a Black Diamond businessman.

“It all depends on the number of frogs the kids can find in lakes and ponds between now and post time,” Crivello said.

The weekend of celebration will begin at 10 o’clock Saturday night with a dance in the town Masonic Hall. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 1, 1968

Georgia Paletta will reign as queen of the annual Black Diamond Labor Day festival today and Monday.

The 18-year-old Lake Sawyer girl is the daughter of Mrs. Robert Paust of 29807 232nd Ave. S.E. Miss Paletta will be crowned at ceremonies today at 1 p.m. in the city park.

Her court includes Princesses Jodine Dal Santo and Pauline Bunker, both of Black Diamond.

After the ceremonies, the day’s activities include a four-mile walking race with contestants from Oregon, Montana, California, Idaho, and Washington competing; a frog-jumping contest; boys’ bicycle race, and entertainment.

Monday’s program starts with a parade at 10 a.m. and judging of floats and participating marching groups. A fast-pitch softball game will highlight the afternoon activities.

Vic Weston, long-time sports figure in the Puget Sound area, is festival chairman.

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Originally published in the Renton News Record, August 25, 1960

Black Diamond’s Labor Day celebration will be held Monday, September 5. The day’s activities begin with the parade at 10.

Judging of the parade will take place in the ball park as will the rest of the day’s activities. The queen and princesses will be introduced and presented their gifts. There will be races of all kinds, for all ages, with prizes awarded each group.

A baseball game between the old Black Diamond soccer team and baseball team will be a feature of the afternoon. A greased pole climbing contest will be held for the 14 year-olds and under.

These activities are supported by donations from the people of Black Diamond and vicinity.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 2, 1978

By George and Dianne Wilson

Labor Day highlight. A feature of Black Diamond Labor Day festivities was the crowning of the queen. Participants, shown above from left: Kathy Duncan; Mary Kay Barnes; Amy Guidetti, princess; Queen Debbie Drossart; Carol Storey, princess; and 1977 Labor Day Queen, Kim Sawyers (Voice of the Valley, September 13, 1978).

Labor Day highlight. A feature of Black Diamond Labor Day festivities was the crowning of the queen. Participants, shown above from left: Kathy Duncan; Mary Kay Barnes; Amy Guidetti, princess; Queen Debbie Drossart; Carol Storey, princess; and 1977 Labor Day Queen, Kim Sawyers (Voice of the Valley, September 13, 1978).

Button, button, who’s got the button? Six girls who are competing for the coveted title of Queen of the Black Diamond Labor Days, that’s who. Mary Kay Barns, Debbie Donckers, Debby Drossart, Kathy Duncan, Amy Guidetti, and Carol Storey all may be found making their rounds selling their buttons which go for $1.00 each. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Eagle, August 31, 1988

BLACK DIAMOND — Thousands of people are expected to take a break from work at the annual Black Diamond Labor Day festival this weekend.

An adult dance opens the celebration Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Black Diamond Eagles Hall. A midnight buffet will be served, and “White Water” will provide the music.

Marching bands, antique cars, children’s groups, floats, and horses will participate in Monday’s parade, which begins at 10 a.m. The parade travels on Highway 169 from Third and Lawson streets to the baseball diamond at Black Diamond Elementary School. (more…)

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