POSTPONEMENT UPDATE: Members of the City of Jamestown staff and Labor Day Festival Organizing Committee have determined that due to the inclement weather expected for Sunday afternoon through late Sunday night, the 40th Annual Labor Day Festival will be postponed to Monday, September 2. All scheduled activities, music, vendors, crafters and the fireworks extravaganza will remain at the same scheduled times on Monday. The Dan Feather Memorial 5K Run/Walk will continue as scheduled on Sunday, September 1, at Bergman Park. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m., with the run kicking off at 9 a.m.
A number of considerations went into making this decision, public safety being first and foremost. With pending thunderstorms, it is best to avoid having to evacuate a large crowd of people filling Bergman Park. Organizers must also be mindful for the safety of dozens of city employees and hundreds of volunteers who put numerous hours into running the festival. Lastly, the organizers must consider the best possible time for the festival so the many food vendors and crafters, who have made large investments in their operations, can be as successful as possible.
The City of Jamestown Announces the 40th Annual Labor Day Festival
Mayor Sam Teresi and the Labor Day Festival Committee have announced that the 40th Annual Greater Jamestown Labor Day Festival will be held Sunday, September 1, 2019, 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 Pyrotecnico FX, which begins when the final band, We Speak Canadian, finishes its performance around 8:30 p.m.
“Get to Bergman Park early Sunday, September 1st. 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. Uptown Fever
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Smokin’ 45
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Two For Flinching
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. We Speak Canadian
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 County Children’s Safety Village: Cotton Candy, Candy Apples, Taffy, Chicken Fingers
Greater Jamestown Labor Day Fest (Gametime Sports Bar): Pulled Pork, beer/wine
Infinity Visual & Performing Arts (Basil & Bones): Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Meatball floats, Beef on Weck, Cannoli
Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series: Italian Sausage, Fried Dough, Pizza
Jamestown Harmony Express: Ice Cream
Jamestown Skate Park (Jamestown Skate Products): Hot Dogs
J.H.S. Marching Band: Pies and Coffee
Mt. Moriah Lodge 145: Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Nachos
Sons of Amvets 726: Chicken Bar-B-Que
Sons of Amvets 726 (Big Pitts): BBQ Ribs, Pork Chops, Fish
United Way of Southern Chautauqua 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 3” 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 and includes a chance to win a $100 gift card sponsored by Ahlstrom-Schaeffer or season tickets to the Jamestown Jammers. For more details on Festival events, visit the City’s website at jamestownny.net or call the Parks Department at 483-7523.
Those interested in being part of the Arts & Crafts area should fill out this reservation form and send it in with payment to the Jamestown Parks & Rec Office: