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Unusual Labor Day Events - Nome, Alaska
By US Census Bureau
Aug 7, 2012, 18:17 PST

Today is Labor Day — a pause from the regular routine to honor the nation’s working men and women and the traditional end of the summer season. It’s an occasion marked by special events all over the country.

Way up north in Nome, Alaska, there are two unusual racing events. One is the annual Great Bathtub Race, in which four contestants push bathtubs on wheels — full of water — and containing a fifth team member.

Over at the power plant, spectators will be watching as thousands of plastic ducks arrive on the river, having negotiated miles of twists and turns in the annual Snake River Duck Race. These events will be the last summer fling for Nome’s 35-hundred residents, part of Alaska’s population of 627-thousand.

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