The City of Jamestown Announces the 39th Annual Labor Day Festival
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.
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 also will be two chances to win a season ticket for the Jamestown Jammers donated by an area baseball fan. Parking is $5.00. The prize drawings will take place at 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. 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 School PTA – Bush Elem. PTA – Curly Fries, Philly Cheese Steak, Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
Chautauqua Children’s Safety Village – Chautauqua Children’s Safety Village- Cotton Candy, Candy Apples,Slushies, Hot Pretzels, Taffy, Chicken Fingers, Onion Rings
Greater Jamestown Labor Day Fest- Gametime Sports Bar – Pulled Pork, beer/wine
Jamestown Babe Ruth Baseball- Jamestown Babe Ruth Baseball-Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs
Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series- BRWS- Italian Sausage, Fried Dough, Pizza
Jamestown Harmony Express- Harmony Express- Ice Cream
J.H.S. Marching Band- JHS Marching Band -Pies and Coffee
Mt. Moriah Lodge 145- Mt. Moriah Lodge- Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Nachos
Ring School P.T.A. – Chautauqua Vends – Kettle Corn
Sons of Amvets 726 – Sons of Amvets 726 – Chicken Bar-B-Que
Sons of Amvets 726 – Big Pitts BBQ – Ribs, Pork Chops, Fish
United Way of S. Chaut. County – IBEW – 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.
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. Those interested in reserving an Arts & Crafts booth, or wanting more information about the Labor Day Festival should call the Recreation Office at (716) 483-7523.
The Arts & Craft Reservation form can be accessed here: 2018 Reservation Form Arts & Crafts
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.
For more details on Festival events, call the Parks Department at 483-7523.