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Jamestown Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department
Mayor Sam Teresi and the Labor Day Festival Committee have announced that the 39th Annual Greater Jamestown Labor Day Festival will be held Sunday, September 2, 2018, from noon until 9:00 p.m. at Bergman Park.
The Greater Jamestown Labor Day Festival is a community celebration designed to honor the labor force of the city and surrounding area, widely recognized as the very best in the nation. All money raised is used to directly fund festival activities and support the host of non-profit community service agencies who participate.
Committee organizers are recommending that festival participants get to the park early enough to reserve a prime location on the lawn in front of the main stage in order to be in the middle of the fireworks extravaganza by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, which begins when the final band, TPT, finishes its performance around 8:30 p.m.
“Get to Bergman Park early Sunday, September 2nd. Pick your spot on the lawn in front of the main stage. Get some food. Visit the vendors and crafters. Take the kids to play some games. Then enjoy the biggest fireworks display the region has to offer. The only way is to be right in the middle of all the action,” said Mayor Teresi.
Live music begins at noon and will be featured on two stages. The lineup includes:
- 12:30–2:00 p.m. — BLACKBIRD EXPRESS
- 2:30–4:00 p.m. — WE SPEAK CANADIAN
- 5:00–6:30 p.m. — TWO FOR FLINCHING
- 7:00–8:30 p.m. — TPT
- 12:00–1:00 p.m. — JAMESTOWN HARMONY EXPRESS
- 1:30–2:30 p.m. — PEARL CITY JAZZ
- 3:00–4:00 p.m. — TAKE 2
- 5:00–6:00 p.m. — CINDY HAIGHT & THE LOVES
The Food Court opens at noon with all profits from the concessions benefiting not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Jamestown Area.
Benefiting Organization Vendor Items
- Bush Elementary P.T.A.
Curly Fries, Philly Cheese Steak, Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
- Chautauqua Children’s
Cotton Candy, Candy Apples
- Safety Village
Slushies, Hot Pretzels, Taffy, Chicken Fingers, Onion Rings
- Greater Jamestown Labor Day Fest: Gametime Sports Bar
Pulled Pork, Beer/Wine
- Jamestown Babe Ruth Baseball
Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs
- Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series BRWS
Italian Sausage, Fried Dough, Pizza
- Jamestown Harmony Express
- J.H.S. Marching Band
Pies and Coffee
- Mt. Moriah Lodge 145
Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Nachos
- Ring School P.T.A.
- Sons of Amvets 726
Big Pitts BBQ: Ribs, Pork Chops, Fish
- United Way of S. Chaut. County IBEW
All organizations will be selling Pepsi products. In addition, there will be a wine and beer dining tent sponsored by Game Time Sports Bar & Grill for attendees 21 and older.
Southern Tier Wrestling returns to the Labor Day Fest with “Bergman Brawl 2” from 1:00–3:00 p.m. on the Babe Ruth Baseball Field. This will be a free event.
Chautauqua Striders will hold the annual Dan Feather Memorial 5k Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m.
The Arts & Crafts fair begins at 11 a.m. and will feature vendors from all over Western New York and some vendors from Pennsylvania. All vendors are required to sell hand-made items.
Free Pepsi Bingo games will take place in the main pavilion starting at noon. Free kids carnival games including a bounce house by Eventz by Scott will start at 2 p.m. Sun-Dance-Kids Farm will have a petting farm from 2:00–6:00 p.m. as well.
The Jamestown Area Central Labor Council AFL-CIO will present a deserving member of the area workforce the George Ritzer Labor Award at 4 p.m. on the main stage. David B. Arthur Chapter 865-Vietnam Veterans will be conducting the opening ceremony for the award.
PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT, AS IT TAKES PLACE ON CITY PROPERTY, IS A TOBACCO-FREE EVENT BY LAW. ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS INCLUDING CHEWING TOBACCO AND E-CIGARETTES, ARE PROHIBITED. THE USE OF PRIVATE FIREWORKS AND SPARKLERS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE CITY OF JAMESTOWN AND, THUS, THE LABOR DAY FESTIVAL. PET OWNERS ARE ADVISED TO LEAVE THEIR PETS AT HOME FOR BOTH THEIR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.
Sponsors of the Labor Day Festival include the City of Jamestown, Media One Group, Ahlstrom-Schaeffer, Pepsi of Jamestown, IBEW Local 106, and Jamestown Area Central Labor Council AFL-CIO.
Parking is $5.00. For more details on Festival events, visit the City’s website at jamestownny.net or call the Parks Department at 483-7523.