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Posted on: May 5, 2023

Canal Winchester Celebrates 101 Years of Labor Day Activities

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The 101st 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 festival main stage Saturday, September 2nd at noon.  The fun continues Saturday until 11 PM, Sunday, September 3rd from 10:30 AM to 11 PM, and Monday, September 4th from 10:30 AM to 6 PM.

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

Although the full schedule is still being finalized, the Labor Day Festival Committee promises to deliver the fun, family-friendly festival that the community has grown to love.   Midway rides and games return to the historic downtown all weekend long, and kids will ride for free from noon to 4 PM as part of Free Ride Saturday, courtesy of Wright-Patt Credit Union, Inc.

Free festival entertainment will fill the streets with sounds all weekend long.  American country singer-songwriter and Ohio native Rayne Johnson will headline the main stage Saturday at 9 PM.  Silver Springs, the Sunday night headliner, will have guests doing double-takes as the band covers over four decades of the best Fleetwood Mac songs.

For those over 21, the Ugly Mug Beer Pavilion will be located near Stradley Park.  This is the first year that the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) will be in place, so visitors may sip, stroll, shop, and explore the festival grounds from noon to close as well.

The Labor Day Festival will once again become a showplace for some of the finest hot-rods and classic cars in central Ohio on Sunday.   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 AM and will wrap up at 4 PM with trophy presentations.  Registration is just $15 per car and begins downtown at 9 AM on West Waterloo St.

On Monday, enjoy the festival’s annual Canal Winchester Labor Day Parade, presented by Kelly Abbott & the “A” Team, Howard Hanna Realtors.  The parade steps off from Canal Winchester High School at 1 PM and makes its way through the city’s historic downtown.

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 those to come, visit

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