President - Charlie Wyatt (USWA # 104)   
Vice-President - Kim Musgrave (IBEW # 16)   
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131st Labor Day Celebration - September 1 - 4, 2017 - Gibson County Fairgrounds, Princeton, IN
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Official Rules for Labor Day Battle & Labor Day Battle Winners

Official Rules 1980 to 1997


Official Rules for Labor Day Battle
All decisions of the judges or referees are final. The event will start at 12:30 PM on Labor Day with weigh in and sign up at 12:00 noon. The tug-of-war will consist of the highest even number of teams. For example, if nine teams are entered only the eight teams with the highest points will be allowed to compete in the tug-of-war. This is very important since the tug-of-war counts double points.

Pairings
Example, if there are eight teams in the tug-of-war the pairings would be as follows.
1st place vs 5th place -- Pull one
2nd place vs 6th place -- Pull two
3rd place vs 7th place -- Pull three
4th place vs 8th place -- Pull four

The winners would Advance to the Final Pull off.
Pull one winners vs Pull three winners
Pull two winners vs Pull four winners
The winners pull to decide first and second places. The losers will pull to decide third and fourth places.


Order of Events

1. Wheelbarrow Race
2. Bucket Brigade
3. Man Carry Rely
4. Obstacle Course
5. Vehicle Push
6. Stake Drive
7. Shoveling Contest
8. Tug-of-war


Wheelbarrow Race
Three Man Teams
The teams line up at the start with two men with two men in each wheelbarrow with one pushing. The wheelbarrow is pushed a distance of 50 feet where a change is made. One of the riders takes over as the pusher and the other two ride. They go back to the start and there they make the final change over. The rider who hasn't pushed yet takes over and pushes the other two down to the finish line. When the team finally crosses the finish, each member will have pushed the wheelbarrow once.

Note; At no time can any part of the riders body touch the ground while the wheelbarrow is rolling. If the wheelbarrow falls over or a rider falls out, the pusher must stop and the rider must get back into the wheelbarrow. Then and only then can they resume the race. The change over must be made behind the lines. Wheelbarrows will be furnished the Labor Day Association.

Bucket Brigade
Five Man Teams
Each team will have to fill a 55 gallon drum half full of water from a full 55 gallon drum 20 feet away. All five men must stay in one straight line between the two barrels. Each team will be given two gallon plastic buckets to transport the water. The bucket must be passed through all five men going to and from the empty barrel. The Labor Day Association will furnish the buckets.

Man Carry Relay
Two man teams—four men total
The first team starts out, one man carrying the other and goes a distance of 50 feet. They switch positions come back to tag the second two men. The second two men do the same as the first two men. By the end of the race every man should have carried and been carried one time. The total distance of the race is 200 feet.

Note; At no time can any part of the body of the man being carried touch the ground between the change over lines. You may carry your team mate in any fashion you want as long as the above rule is complied with. All change overs must be made behind the lines.

Obstacle Course
Two man teams
The course will consist of eight obstacles. The object will be to go through the course in the fastest combined time possible and at the same time completing all the obstacles. The course will have two lanes so a member of two different teams will compete at one time. The first obstacle is the overhead ladder which is 8 ˝ feet high with 6 rungs. Each man will start from a standing start and on the signal of the referee then run to the overhead ladder, jump up to the first rung and swing from one rung to the next, suspending your weight on each rung including the last.

The second obstacle is the tires. These are 10 regular car tires wired together in a football type formation. A man must step in each tire. He cannot miss a tire. He may skip a tire and come back or stop and get it but if he does not get the tire he is disqualified.

The third obstacle is the Wall. The wall is eight feet high with a 45 degree ramp going up to the 4 foot top and then another 45 degree going back down. All you have to do is get over it. This includes crawling and sliding.

The fourth obstacle is the hay bales. There are three of them. The hay bales are stacked on their sides two high. Each man must cross the bales. He is not penalized for knocking over the bales.

The fifth obstacle is a 55 gallon drum laid on its side with both ends cut out. Each man must crawl through the barrel.

Vehicle Push
Seven man teams--Six pushers and one driver
Two teams will line up behind two pick-up trucks. When the signal is given the teams will start pushing. The course is 100 feet long. The fast time wins. The driver will be seated in the truck before the signal is given. The driver must be completely in the vehicle and stay in it until the vehicle crosses the finish line.

Stake Drive
Two man teams
Two men with an 8 pound sledge hammer each will be required to drive a 1 inch diameter steel rod 18 inches into the ground. The men must alternate their strikes at the spike. The stake will 32 inches long with a washer welded 4 inches from the top. Each team will drive the stake down to where the washer touches the ground. Fast time wins. Each rod will be driven 10 inches into the ground before the start.

Shoveling Contest
Two man teams
First team to fill up a 55 gallon drum with sand wins. The two men will shovel sand from a pile behind a line into a drum 12 feet away. Shovels will be furnished by the Labor Day Association. The drum must be completely full. When either team member thinks the drum is full he calls for the referee to stop the clock while another team member strikes off the drum with a board to make sure it is full. If it is not full the team must continue until it is full. The referee will tell the team to resume shoveling at which time he will restart the clock.

Tug-of-War
Ten men teams
A flag will be tied to the center of a rope. There is 15 foot space separating the two teams. The team to pull the flag over their own line wins.

Points for Tug-of-War

1st Place ---- 20 points
2nd Place ---- 16 points
3rd Place ---- 14 Points
4th Place ---- 12 points
5th Place ---- 10 points
6th Place ----- 8 points
7h Place ------ 6 points
8th Place ----- 4 points
9th Place ----- 2 points
10th Place ---- 0 points



Labor Day Battle Winners 1980 to 1997

1980
1st Place UMWA Local # 9926
Darrly Conner
Dave Young
Gary Fritz
James Feldmeier
Joe Rieman
Jon Feldmeier
Keith Greenlee
Mark Englehardt
Mark Hay
Mark Pemberton
Mark Whitney--Coach

2nd place--UMWA Local # 1791
Dell Johnson
Dennis Able
Jim Seramur
John Maikranz
Phil Smith
Randy Noland
Rick Ott
Stan Wannell
Tim Johnson
Willy Condol

3rd place--UMWA Local # 4343
C.T. Mongomery
Gary Myers
Harold Deputy
Joe Bill Dyson
John Boss
Leo Thompson
Mike Hume
Stan Lee
Steve Hume
Tony Wright

4th place--UMWA Local # 5179
Bill Battram
Chris Kolhmeier
Don Maikranz
Gary Aydelott
Gene Feldmeier
Larry Julian
Lee Hartz
Les Robling
Lonnie Rusher
Steve Kolhmeier

5th place--UMWA Local # 1907
Dennis Grey
Elmer Brown
Frank Elpers
Hubert Kuse
Jim Cox
Jim North
John Wolf
Rick Whitney
Rodney Brown
Steve Ulm


1981
1st Place UMWA Local # 4343
Bob Sheppard
Don Pancake
Jim Woods
John Bright
Mick Houchins
Mike Willis
Randy Pepper
Ray Carrie
Tim Bottoms
Paul Newton--Coach

2nd place--UMWA Local # 5179
Larry Robling
Bill Battrum
Bobby Tyring
Larry Adams
Kris Kohlmeier
Larry Stoffel
Robert Schumacher
Brenda Tucker
Doris Bellamy
Joan Deffendall

3rd place--UMWA Local # 9926
Dave Young
Don Skelton
Fred Merkel
Joe Rieman
Keith Greenlee
Mark Englehardt
Mark Hay
Mark Pemberton
Rick Carter
Welsey Greenlee
Marrk Whitney--Coach

4th place--UMWA Local # 1907
Allen Anderson
Bill Walker
Bob Winsett
Bob Winslow
Elmer Brown
Gary Wells
Jim Evanson
Mike Higdon
Mud MaMann
Roger Fisher


1982
1st place--UMWA Local # 9926
Curtis Fortune Jr.
Dave Young
Fred Merkel
Gary Fritz
Joe Rieman
Jon Feldmeier
Keith Greenlee
Mark Hay
Mark Pemberton
Rick Carter
Randy Carter--Coach

UMWA Local # 1907--participant
Andy Anderson
Bill Walker
Jack Ashby
Jim Evanson
Mike Higdon
Mike Perry
Ray Cashen
Robie Jamison
Tom Robertson
Gary Wells--Coach

UMWA Local # 5179--participant
Bob Tyring
Brenda Tucker
Chris Kolhmeier
Doris Bellamy
Jo Ann Deffendall
Larry Adams
Larry Robling
Larry Stoffel
Robert Schumacher
Vic Beard
Bill Battram--Coach

UMWA Local # 1189--participant
Art Stewart
Bill Avery
Bill Merkley
Gary Foley
Greg Perigo
Guy Gentry
Jerry Lutz
Richard Pryor
Russell Stilwell
Tim Daughtery

UMWA Local # 4343 "Blue Team"--participant
Bob Sheppard
Don Pancake
Hack Davis
Jerry Garner
John Bright
Randy Pepper
Ray Carrie
Ron Warkel
Tim Bottoms
Tom Welten
Paul Newton--Coach

UMWA Local # 4343 "Red Team"--participant
Jim Osgathrop
Dale Hornby
Dave Early
Dave Nalley
Jerry Bassett
Kermit Underhill
Leo Thompson
Mike Hume
Neil Riley
Joe Bill Dyson--Coach


1983
1st place UMWA Local # 9926
Al Klem
Dave Young
Fred Merkel
J. D. Chapman
James Feldmeier
Joe Rieman
Jon Feldmeier
Keith Greenlee
Mark Pemberton
Roger Anderson
Randy Carter--Coach

2nd place--UMWA Local # 4343
Jim Osgathrop
Dale Hornby
Dave Early
Dave Nalley
Jerry Bassett
Kermit Underhill
Leo Thompson
Mike Hume
Neil Riley
Joe Bill Dyson--Coach

3rd place--UMWA Local # 1189
No Names

4th place--UMWA Local # 1907
Dennis Grey
Elmer Brown
Frank Elpers
Hubert Kuse
Jim Cox
Jim North
John Wolf
Rick Whitney
Rodney Brown
Steve Ulm

5th place--UMWA Local # 1791
Bill Lemmons
Bob Turpin
Bud Hills
Dock Wettington
Gary Burkert
George Lee
Joe Hamilton
Leon Pixley
Mark Klinen

6th place--UMWA Local # 1791
Dell Johnson
Dennis Able
Jim Seramur
John Maikranz
Phil Smith
Randy Noland
Rick Ott
Stan Wannell
Tim Johnson
Willy Condol


1984
1st place--UMWA Local # 1791
Bill Folsom
Bruce Thompson
Gary Cropper
George Lee
John Maikranz
Lester Cross
Mike Riley
Phil Smith
Steve Snodgrass
Willy Condol

2nd place--UMWA Local # 1189 "Red Team"
Art Stewart
Bill Avery
Bill Merkley
Greg Perigo
Guy Gentry
Jerry Lutz
Mike Byers
Rich Salee
Russell Stilwell
Tim Daughtery

3nd place--UMWA Local # 1189 "Blue Team"
Art Stewart
Bobby Adams
David Sells
Gary Riggs
Jim Babbs
Jim Haynee
John Lutz
Mark Carey
Roger Wilson
Steve Young

4th place--UMWA Local # 9926
Al Klem
Carl Proctor
Fred Merkel
J. D. Chapman
James Feldmeier
Joe Rieman
Russell Howard
Tom Jones
Mark Pemberton
Roger Anderson
Gary Wheaton--Coach

5th place--UMWA Local # 4343
Dale Hornby
Don Pancake
Harold Deputy
Jerry Garner
Jerry Yon
John Bright
Mark Deputy
Mark Duncan
Melvin Deno
Ron Wells--Coach


1985 1st place--UMWA Local # 1791
NO Names

1986
1st place--UMWA Local # 1791
Gary Cropper
Jim Seramur
John Maikranz
Mike Riley
Phil Smith
Ron Meier
Steve Snodgrass
Tim Johnson
Tom Lee
Willy Condol
Vance Pinkston--Coach

2nd place--UMWA Local # 9926
Al Klem
Carl Proctor
Curtis Fortune Jr.
Dick White
J. D. Chapman
James Feldmeier
Joe Rieman
John Fark
Mark Pemberton
Roger Anderson
Dave Young--Coach

3rd place--UMWA Local # 1189
Bob Rector
David Hadley
George Hadley
Guy Gentry
John Lutz
Rich Salee
Ronnie Garrison
Steve Young
Terry Ashby
Tony Fortune


1987
1st place--UMWA Local # 1791 "Red Team"
Bruce Thompson
Gary Cropper
George Lee
Jim Seramur
John Maikranz
Mike Riley
Phil Smith
Ron Meier
Steve Snodgrass
Willy Condol
Vance Pinkston--Coach

2nd place--UMWA Local # 1791 "Blue Team"
Bob Helsey
Bob Troy
Julia Simmons
Mark Spencer
Randy Foutz
Rick Garrett
Robbie Lee
Rodney Dilbeck
Steve Scherzinger
Ted Paris
Charlie Fields--Coach

3rd place--UMWA Local # 9926
Al Klem
Carl Proctor
Dennis Hopster
Fred Merkel
Joe Rieman
Rick Dimmett
Roger Anderson
Roy Horn
Russ Howard
J. D. Chapman--Coach


1988
UMWA--1791--participant
UMWA--1189--participant
UMWA--4343--participant
IBEW--16--participant
Sheet Metal Workers # 20


1989
No Info and No Photos


1990
1st place UMWA Local # 9926
IBEW Local # 1395--participant
No Names


1991
1st Place--IBEW Local # 1395
xxxx Cook
Kevin Clemper
Ken Beasling
Steve Miller
Tim Black
Steve Glasgo
John Klinerd
John Cates
Don "Dusty" O'Brian
Kevin Able
Steve Drew

2nd Place--ABGWIU Local # 104
Bob Buchanon
Marvin Thomas
Mark Wilson
Rollie Mathews
Mike Freels
Scott Howard
Chris Coffman
Mark Williams
Dave Scott
Jim Lockhart


1992
1st Place--IBEW Local # 1395
No Names

2nd Place--IBEW Local # 16
Mary Gher
Jeff Brady
Paul Green
Brian Cassin
John Brenner
John Brady
Tommy Adams Jr.
Tony Lett
David Bailey
Brad Eleman
Brent xxxxx


1993
1st place--ABGWIU Local # 104
Ceary Mears II
Hubert Harris
Keith Slacks
Mark Rice
Max Goffinet
Mitch Edwards
Robert McDonald
Ron Woods
Scott Herman
Bob Buse--Coach

Iron workers Local # 103
Brian Rexan
Dave Goben
Jason Webb
Kevin Murray
Lloyd Thompson
Mike Janoski
Mike Russell
Tom Sanderfur
Trent Maroni
Chad Thompson--Coach

IBEW--1393--participant
No Names

ABGWIU # 104--participant
Mike Carr
Debbie Hadley
John Clark
Sherri Bolton
Donnie Spellmeyer
Don Hadley
Brian Bolton


1993
Ironworkers Local # 103--participant

1994
No Info and No Photos


1995
No Info and No Photos


1996
No Info and No Photos


1997
1st place--Laborers Local # 561
No Names
2nd Place--Sheet Metal Workers Local # 20
No Names
UMWA--1189--participant
No Names

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