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Trinkspruch Ausbringen Labor’s Day Parade 

September 4, 2018

A slightly shortened, holiday, version of the podcast! This might be the most we have EVER sweated during a podcast! Culture is our middle name—Ya Cultural Jagoff. After all, John and Rachael learn authentic German culture thanks to Bela Pater, German musician, and Jessica Rand, organizer of the first Pittsburgh Oktoberfest at the Big Butler Fairgrounds.  In addition to the German tradition, we chatted with tradesmen about family time and the rich tradition of one of the largest Labor Day parades in the U.S. 

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Total Sports Enterprises is black and gold ready.  And the athlete merchandise powerhouse at the Mall at Robinson is hosting a signing before each Steeler home game and we want to see you.  In fact, if you are the first union member to tweet #UnionProud after listening to the podcast on Tuesday, you win 2 VIP tickets to the September 15th signing at the mall with Allen, Boswell, Burnett and McDonald.  Head to the front of the line for one autograph from each player with thanks to Total Sports Enterprises.

Question of the Day

In honor of celebrating the first Butler Fairgrounds Oktoberfest, what is your fav beer?

01:23 – Jessica Rand and German expert, Bela Pater

What prompted Jessica, a Mississippi transplant to initiate the largest, bestest, most realistic Oktoberfest that Western Pennsylvania has ever experienced? Oh, and what about the wiener dog race?

Bella, the Director of Entertainment for Oktoberfest Pittsburgh, talks about the true history of Oktoberfest.  Wait! It’s a 3-week party???  Oh, and its family oriented AND will have a live glockenspiel!   Get your tickets (and details) at

24:59 – Jimmy and Kim Cassidy

Jim is the business manager for Insulators Local 2, Kim his wife has been supporting him and the union membership for years!  Attraction to the trades continues to grow and why not…paid education, a guaranteed job when you’re done with apprenticeship and no education debt! Thanks to Local 2 for letting us podcast from their parade staging area!

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