Activities on Labor Day in Northeast Ohio

The first official Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City. It was in 1884 that the holiday was moved to the first Monday in September. The holiday began as a tribute to the common working men and women who helped build the United States. Today, Labor Day celebrations across the United States are held for entire weekends with picnics, parades and a variety of festivals. Northeast Ohio hosts music, fairs and festivals unique to the region to celebrate Labor Day weekend.

Taste of Cleveland

The Taste of Cleveland Labor Day celebration takes place at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The event starts the Friday before Labor Day and runs the entire weekend with free admission until 3:00 p.m. each day. Musical performers such as Michael Stanley and several tribute bands perform throughout the festival. You can sample many of the fine foods available from local vendors and restaurants all in one location. There are cooking classes for adults and kids, a wine tasting booth, and the Mayor's Dessert Challenge, where mayors from local communities join with top chefs to create the best dessert. Taste of Cleveland starts at noon each day and runs until 11:00 p.m., except on Labor Day, when the event closes at 8:00 p.m. As of 2010, admission was $8 for adults and free for children under 12. Discount coupons are available from local vendors throughout the Cleveland area. Taste of Cleveland 440-247-2722 cleveland.com/tasteofcleveland

Great Trail Festival

The Great Trail Festival takes place in Malvern, Ohio, in late August/early September. It is an arts-and-crafts festival celebrating the French and Indian era of the United States. There are artisans from many different states reenacting the early days of the country. Labor Day weekend is filled with folk music, clog dancing and war reenactments. Great Trail is also a buffalo farm, and you can see the buffalo grazing in the fields during the festival. Great Trail Festival 6331 Canton Rd. Malvern, OH 44644 330-794-9100 greattrailfestival.com

Canfield Fair

The largest county fair in Ohio is held each year in Canfield over Labor Day weekend. The fair has truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, and headline stars such as Dirks Bentley and Gretchen Wilson performing during the weekend. The price of admission in 2010 was $7.00 for those 13 and older, $2.00 for 7-to-12-year-olds, and free for kids 6 and younger. An all-day wristband is available for $15 the first three days and $20 for the weekend and Labor Day. The Canfield Fair features many contests for the general public, from fine arts and photography to needlework and other crafts. There is even a "men only" baking contest. Canfield Fair 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd. Canfield, OH 44406 330-533-4107 canfieldfair.com

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