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Labor’s booth returns
to Game Fair 2019
August 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

Clara Schiller

Visit the Minneapolis
Regional Labor Federation’s booth at Game Fair for free give-aways and for drawings to win outdoor gear!

Clara Schiller, Pipefitters Local 455 member

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, July 26, 2019

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

RAMSEY — The 38th annual Game Fair will run Friday to Sunday, August 9-11 and Friday to Sunday, August 16-18, open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The popular outdoor hunting and fishing expo takes place amidst the rolling hills, woods and water of Armstrong Ranch in Ramsey. Union members will be among the many thousands of visitors — and, for the 15th year in a row, the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO will be there with a labor booth to welcome union members and others.

“Game Fair, for someone who has never been there, is an educational experience in the great outdoors,” commented IBEW Local 292’s Ray Zeran, chair of Anoka County Union Members, an arm of the MRLF which helps to host the labor booth at Game Fair.

At Game Fair, you’ll find hands-on hunting and fishing experiences for all ages, vendors selling outdoor gear, conservation organizations with information booths, as well as seminars and demonstrations. Trick shooting exhibitions and hunting dog competitions are crowd favorites.

“In addition to vendors, you also can learn a tremendous amount about how to enjoy the outdoors,” Zeran said.

“Stop by the labor booth,” Zeran urged, “to learn a little bit more about how work and play are intertwined.”

Anyone who completes a questionnaire about workplace issues will be entered into daily prize drawings. “We’re going to do three drawings a day for some really fabulous drawings,” Zeran said.

New at the labor booth this year: “Pick in the Blind.” Working with a partner, you’ll learn hand-signals to guide your partner in the operation of a small-scale, hand-operated crane to pick up objects the crane operator can’t directly see — just like on a construction job site.

Labor booth seeks volunteers

Union members who volunteer for a three-hour shift at the labor booth  will receive a free pass to Game Fair for the day. A few volunteer shifts remain. To volunteer, contact Casey Hudek at 612-321-5671 or e-mail

For more information about Game Fair, including discounted admission coupons, visit www.gamefair.com.

Related story:
Hunting and fishing, union members prize time outdoors and connect with friends and family
(Minneapolis Labor Review, July 26, 2019)

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