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City of Jamestown
Mayor Sam Teresi and the Labor Day Festival Committee have announced that the 36th Annual Greater Jamestown Labor Day Festival will be held Sunday, September 6, 2015, 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.
Make sure to reserve a location on the lawn in front of the main stage to be in the middle of the fireworks extravaganza by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, which begins when the final band, Two For Flinching, finishes its performance around 8:30 p.m.
“Get to Bergman Park early Sunday, September 6th. 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 Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi.
People parking their cars at Bergman Park will receive a ticket to enter into a drawing at the Information Booth for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card that is being sponsored by Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corporation. Ahlstrom Schaeffer provides electrical services for industrial, commercial, institutional and construction businesses. There will also be two chances to win a season ticket for the Southern Tier Xpress Hockey League games. Parking is $5.00. The prize drawing will take place at on the Main Stage just prior to the fireworks show.
Live music begins at noon and will be featured on two stages. The lineup includes:
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. The Bogarts
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Teachers, Preachers & Trent
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. We Speak Canadian
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Two For Flinching
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Jamestown Harmony Express
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Razz & the JCC Band, featuring Victoria McIlvain on vocals
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Davis & Eng
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. No Limit
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 School PTA/Bush Elem. PTA: Curly Fries, Philly Cheese Steak, Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
City of Jamestown Gametime Sports Bar: Beer/Wine
Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series: Italian Sausage, Fried Dough, Pizza
Jamestown Harmony Express: Ice Cream
Chadakoin Park Playground: Hot Dogs
JHS Marching Band: Pies and Coffee
Train Engine Museum: Elegant Edibles Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers
Maple Grove Class of 2020: Chautauqua Vends Kettle Corn
Mt. Moriah Lodge 145: Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Nachos
Sertoma Club of Jamestown: Cotton Candy, Candy Apples, Slushies, Hot Pretzels, Taffy, Chicken Fingers, Onion Rings
Sons of Amvets 726: Chicken Bar-B-Que
United Way of S. Chaut. County: Water
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.
Chautauqua Striders will hold the annual Dan Feature 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 over 20 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.
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.
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.
For more details on Festival events, visit the City’s website at jamestownny.net or call the Parks Department at 483-7523.