Canal Winchester celebrates 99 years of Labor Day activities

The 99th annual Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival, presented by Diley Ridge Medical Center, will fill the streets of historic downtown Canal Winchester over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Opening ceremonies will take place on the festival main stage on Aug. 31 at noon.

Festival hours are: Saturday, Aug. 31, noon–11 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

“The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival is celebrating nearly a century of family-friendly activities in our downtown during the Labor Day weekend,” said Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert. “With so many food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, rides, games, free entertainment, a hospitality tent and our renowned parade, there is something sure to please everyone in the family.

Each Day of the Labor Day Festival
In addition to hands-on children’s activities, midway rides and your favorite festival food, make sure to visit the many unique craft vendor booths located in the festival’s main thoroughfare as well as the dynamic Quilters-on-the Canal Quilt Show at the Community Center.

For those over age 21, the Kingy’s Pizza Pub Beer Pavilion will be located near Stradley Park.

Two exciting raffle opportunities will be available at the festival, with tickets on sale for $5 each at the Festival Information Booth throughout the weekend. This year, buyers will have the chance to win a 50/50 cash drawing or a large flat-screen UHD Smart TV. Festival organizers will donate 100 percent of all money earned from this year’s raffle drawings to Wagnalls Memorial Library to support their building fund. Winners will be drawn at 5 p.m. during the festival’s closing hours, on Sept. 2.

Aug. 31
Special attractions on Aug. 31 include an open-air CW Farmers Market area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Miss Canal Winchester Pageant Queens’ Lemonade Social between 12:30-2 p.m., Columbus Zoo animals from 1-2 p.m., COSI Science Spots from 3-7 p.m., and the preliminary round of festival’s very own Karaoke Contest on the Main Stage from 6-8 p.m. In addition, children’s rides located in the festival midway will allow kids to ride for free from noon to 5 p.m. (Saturday only– does not include specialty attractions) courtesy of Jeff Wyler Dealerships.

Free festival entertainment will be presented on two dedicated stages as well as Stradley Park’s picturesque Gazebo. Aug. 31’s featured performances include music by Winchester Steel Co., God’s Dirt, The Treble Catz, and headliner Jolivia – featuring Josh Logan of The Voice, who will take the main stage at 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 1
The Labor Day Festival will once become a showplace for some of the finest hot-rods and classic cars in central Ohio. In past years, over 200 antique, muscle, and classic cars have been on display. The cruise-in, sponsored and hosted by Mac’s NAPA Auto Parts and C-Town Cruisers, will start at 10 a.m. and will wrap up at 4 p.m. with trophy presentations. Registration is $15 per car and begins downtown at 9 a.m. on West Waterloo Street.
Columbus Zoo animals will be back from 1-2 p.m., as well as COSI Science

Spots from 3-7 p.m. The festival will also deliver small-town old-fashioned fun on Sept. 1 at Canal Winchester Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social at the Railroad Depot from 2-4 p.m., with music by the Canal Winchester High School Marching Band.

Featured performances on the afternoon of Sept. 1 will include music by The Terry Douglas Band as well as the Brighton Boys at the Waterloo Stage. Main Stage performances feature music by Marquis66, Toes in the Sand, and Shucking Bubba Deluxe.

Sept. 2
On Sept. 2, enjoy the festival’s annual Canal Winchester Labor Day Parade presented by Kelly Abbott & the “A” Team, HER Realtors.

The parade steps off from Canal Winchester High School at 1 p.m. and makes its way through the city’s historic downtown (to view the parade route, visit The 2019 Labor Day Parade theme is “Heroes.” Parade entry is available online through Aug. 23. This year, the Labor Day Festival will honor the Brockstrong Foundation as grand marshal of the parade.

After the parade, make sure to make your way back to the center of town and stroll the midway, visit the food and craft vendors, and stop in to enjoy the Quilt Show one last time. As the festival winds down, the fun doesn’t stop. The festival’s 50/50 winners and flat-screen TV winners will be drawn and announced at 5 p.m. and the festival’s Karaoke Contest Finals will be held on the Main Stage from 3-6 p.m., when the festival closes.

Since 1920, the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival has proudly partnered with the local government and nearby businesses to host the festival. Labor Day Festival organizers recognize all festival supporters, with special thanks to the City of Canal Winchester and the festival’s presenting sponsor Diley Ridge Medical Center.

For all Labor Day Festival details, including parade entry, attraction schedule, and complete sponsor listings, visit

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