Labor Day Festival cancelled; Hometown Day planned

The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 4, 5, and 6, has been cancelled, according to event organizers and the city of Canal Winchester.

The event, which was set to celebrate its centennial year in 2020, has been a Labor Day weekend mainstay in the community since 1920.

In a public statement released May 7, festival organizers shared their difficult decision, noting the inability to meet Ohio Department of Health regulations and the lingering effects COVID-19 has had on the entertainment industry and festival sponsors.

Marie Gibbons, parade organizer, said, “It is not feasible at this time to put on our traditional event, which draws families from all over Central Ohio. The committee instead has been focusing on a smaller, one-day event for our community that will feature rides, food vendors, family-friendly activities, entertainment, and a non-traditional parade.”

The one-day event, Canal Winchester Hometown Day, will be Sept. 4. Details are pending.

The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Sept. 5 from 1-4 p.m. at the Prentiss School at 10 W. Oak St.

Labor Day Festival organizers recognize the importance of the annual three-day festival to the community and continue to plan for the 100th Labor Day weekend celebration in 2022.

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