Labor Day is a cause for celebration in Canal Winchester as the village will hold its annual three day festival Sept. 1-3.
Festival committee member Marsha Hall said the number of food vendors, crafters, and entertainment was increased and people of all ages can expect a great time in downtown Canal Winchester during the run of the event.
Canal Winchester Councilwoman Bobbie Mershon added the festival committee increased entertainment to two stages by adding a Family Stage at Stradley Place, the previous site for children’s activities, and a wedding will take place on Labor Day on the festival grounds.
"We only had a certain amount of time on the main stage and we had more groups wanting to participate, but had to turn many away," said Hall. "Even by expanding the stages, we still can’t accommodate all of the requests, but we now are using Stradley Place for family entertainment. We’ll have some music and games for the children on Sunday. The Hillbilly Band and a Journey cover band will also be playing. We’ll close off activities at the Family Stage in the evening so we don’t complete with the groups at the Main Stage. On Sunday during the car show, we’ll have a band playing in the parking lot at Dairy Queen."
The number of rides was increased last year, especially for the younger set, and Hall expects the same amount to entertain thrill seekers again.
Fitness Firm is sponsoring a 5K run on Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. The race starts in front of the Fitness Firm building, 19 E. Waterloo St., and winds its way east through Canal Winchester and past the village limits.
Hall said the parade on Sept. 3, which is planned and staged by the local Lions Club, was moved back to 1 p.m. because people complained there was not enough time for them to enjoy the festival after the parade was over. She said the change was supported by the club and the village and is responsive to people attending the event.
Following the parade, hopefuls take to the Main Stage for the Canal Winchester Stars competition at 4 p.m. The event has become so popular; participants need to pre-register by calling 470-0949.
Hours and entertainment
Festival grounds open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and close at 11 p.m. On Sunday, the hours are noon to 11 p.m., except for the start of the 5K run at 8 a.m. On Monday the festival opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
Entertainment at the Studio Fusion Main Stage includes:
•Sept. 1 – 11 a.m., Tiny and Little Miss Pageant; 1 p.m., Puttin’ on the Hits; 3 p.m., Junior and Miss Pageant; 6 p.m., No Such Fate; 8:30 p.m., The Signal.
•Sept. 2 – 12 p.m., Highway 70 Car Show; 6 p.m. British Invasion; 8:30 p.m., Shuckin Bubba Deluxe.
•Sept. 3 – 10:30 a.m., Some Assembly Required Band; 11:30 a.m., Cornerstone Gospel; 3 p.m., The Movement Dance Center; 4 p.m., Canal Winchester Stars; 6 p.m. festival closes.
Neighbors on East and West Mound streets are in a flurry of float-building activity creating replicas of local landmarks.
A playhouse-size Prentiss School parade float, complete with brick siding, is under construction by residents of West Mound Street. On East Mound Street, a smaller version of the Queen of the Line depot is being built. According to Canal Winchester Historical Society member Carol Note, both buildings will be on display during the run of the festival on the historical society grounds at N. High and Oak streets.
After the parade on Sept. 3, a raffle will be held with proceeds from the sale donated to the historical society for expenses.
Raffle tickets, $1 each or six for $5, are available at the Chamber of Commerce booth on the festival grounds and during the society’s ice cream social on Sept. 2 from 4-7 p.m. The annual social features homemade pies, cakes, and cookies as well as ice cream and beverages. Entertainment is provided by Vaudvillities.
Volunteers and information
The Labor Day Festival committee is looking for people to donate the use of their registered, street-ready golf carts to transport senior citizens back and forth and assist with other chores during the festival. This is a service the committee offered in the past, but is unable to do so due to recent requirements by the village.
Call 470-0949 for information regarding the festival or to donate the use of a golf cart. The event is free.