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You’re invited to celebrate Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5) with one of the summer’s biggest concerts. Country music star Chris Young headlines Labor of Love 2016 at Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Case Construction Equipment, the event benefits Team Rubicon (TR), a disaster relief and medical aide organization comprised mostly of military veterans. Case’s support of TR is part of the company’s initiative to build a bridge between job-seeking veterans and the critical need for qualified heavy equipment operators and technicians.

Racine-based Case Construction Equipment produces and sells a full line of equipment, including backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, motor graders and skid steers. Since November 2015, the company has partnered with TR on a series of heavy equipment training events aimed at preparing members for disaster response. The projects have included training and work at National Wildlife Refuges in Texas and California and abandoned city lots in Detroit.

The partnership between TR and manufacturer Case Construction Equipment is “a natural,” says Bill Elverman, a Case spokesman. It’s also a natural for singer Chris Young whose father works in the construction industry and has several family members, including his younger sister, in the Marines.


Next Monday’s concert delivers a second chance for Young’s local fans. That’s because threatening weather forced the cancellation of the RCA recording artist’s July 21 appearance at Country Thunder in Kenosha County.

Labor of Love was launched in 2015 with the goal of connecting veterans with jobs and skilled trades training opportunities. Last year’s event raised $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Labor Day 2016 event includes food vendors, a silent auction for TR, equipment displays and more. Area favorite Rebel Grace performs at 1:30 p.m. Chris Young is set to take the stage at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is $30; kids ages 10 and younger get in free. Advance tickets are on sale at the Racine Civic Centre box office, 5 Fifth St., or online at

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