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The 98th 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. Opening ceremonies will take place on the main stage on Saturday, September 1st beginning at noon. This year’s festival is pleased to host a traveling Korean War Memorial, a distinctive military tribute honoring those lost in the Korean War. The Memorial will be displayed on the festival grounds throughout the weekend.
Saturday, September 1st entertainment will be presented on two stages and will feature music by Winchester Steel Co., Waterloo5, 3-Cat Day, and headliner Bon Journey, who will take the main stage at 8:00 p.m. Other Saturday attractions include Columbus Zoo animals at the Bob McDorman Building from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., exciting children’s games, and crowd-pleasing performance art. In addition, families may enjoy free children’s midway rides from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Saturday only) courtesy of Jeff Wyler Chevrolet.
Sunday, September 2nd will once again bring out some of the finest show cars in central Ohio. In past years, over 200 antique, muscle, and classic cars have been on display. The cruise-in, hosted by C-Town Cruisers, will start at 10:00 a.m. and will wrap up at 4:00 p.m. with trophy presentations. Registration is just $15 per car and begins downtown at 9:00 a.m. on West Waterloo St.
Columbus Zoo animals will make another special appearance on Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. In addition, festival-goers of all ages are invited to explore ten unique COSI Science Spots inside the Bob McDorman Building on Sunday, September 2nd from 2pm to 5pm! Sunday musical entertainment includes performances by Marquis66, TNT Acoustic Duo featuring Tim Oliver, God’s Dirt, Kaitlyn Baker, and the one and only CHRIS HIGBEE on the main stage at 8:00 p.m.
Back this year— Canal Winchester Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the CW Historical Complex on N. High Street. The festival’s no-water Canal Boat Races, a competitive team event with cash prizes, will also be held on Sunday in the Stradley Park Green space & Alley space, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Monday September 3rd will feature the festival’s annual Canal Winchester Labor Day Parade presented by Kelly Abbott & the “A” Team, HER Realtors. The 2018 Labor Day Parade theme is “A Magical Disney Labor Day.” Parade entry is available online through August 24th. This year, the Labor Day Festival will honor local Korean War veterans as Grand Marshals of the parade, with Grand Marshal transportation provided by Easton Town Center's Easton Trolley. Main stage entertainment on Labor Day will feature music by the Cornerstone Gospel Quartet as well as the alternative rock band The Brighton Boys.
In addition to children’s activities, midway rides, and street vendors, a quilt show will be available for viewing at the Community Center each day during the festival. For those over 21, the BrewDog Beer tent will be located near Stradley Park.
“The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival is celebrating its 98th year, and is pleased to remain family-friendly throughout the years. With so many food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, rides, games, free entertainment, hospitality tent and our renowned parade, there is something sure to please everyone in the family,” said Mayor Mike Ebert.
The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival recognizes all festival supporters, with special thanks to presenting sponsor Diley Ridge Medical Center. For all Labor Day Festival details, including parade entry, schedule, and complete sponsor listings, visit www.cwlaborday.org.