Labor Day Festival in Canal Winchester (photos)

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Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Canal Winchester held its 98th annual Labor Day Festival in the city’s downtown on Sept. 1-3. One of the favorite events at the festival is the canal boat race held near Stradley Park. Pictured here is Adam Swearingen (far right) pulling and steering a canal boat through the course obstacles while his crew (from left to right) Bryson Swearingen, Andrew Nack, and Kaitlyn Swearingen ride in the boat.
Kaitlyn Swearingen spins around an oar, which was one of the challenges that participants had to complete as part of the canal boat race.
The Canal Winchester High School Marching Band performed at the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s ice cream social held at the historical complex at Oak and High streets as part of the festival.
Sweltering heat over the Labor Day weekend made shaved ice a popular treat during the festival.
The Noble family of Reynoldsburg’s 1961 VW Beach Buggy was one of the many cool cars at the Cruise-In during the festival. Dewayne Noble said the beach buggy was a kit car that people could order out of a Sears catalog in 1961. He the family has had the beach buggy for 13 years and much of the vehicle is original including the chassis and mechanical items.
Drummer Jimmy Hahn of Marquis66 lays down the beat during the band’s performance at the festival.
The midway featured exciting carnival rides such as these.

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