Labor Fest Madison
This year’s LaborFest features two of Madison’s three best bands (according to ratings by Madison Magazine), along with lots of attractions for kids and an extensive menu of good food, beer and soft drinks which will be served throughout the event. This year there will be a special Welcome and Salute to the New Immigrant Movement at 1:45 p.m. A collection will also be taken up for the families of immigrant workers jailed following an ICE/INS raid in Whitewater, August 8. Musical entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. with the rousing rhythm and blues of LaborFest regulars, the Andy Linderman–Mel Ford Band. At 2:30 p.m. Madison’s Phat Phunktion takes the stage with some of the best funk and jazz sounds in the Midwest.
Special events for kids will include balloons, face painting, and piñata and performances by Madison magician Scott the Great at 1 and 3 p.m. Menu items include the ever fabulous Italian sausages, corn on the cob, and Louisiana-style rice and beans, along with hot dogs, soda and beer. There are rumors that AFL-CIO's John Sweeney will address the group, and Governor Doyle will pay a visit around 3pm.