For many people, Labor Day marks the end of summer and a chance to get in one last barbecue or wear white one last time before fall. Historically, Labor Day celebrates the hard work of Americans, which makes it fitting for workers in Georgia to take the day off and enjoy one of the state's special Labor Day events.
A couple of counties in Georgia hold their annual fair during the Labor Day weekend. Since 1991, Taliaferro County has held an annual Labor Day fair. The fair takes place on Labor Day in the center of the town of Crawfordville and includes free admission. Visitors enjoy performances by the Taliaferro County Schools band, antique exhibits, arts and crafts and inflatable bounce houses and other activities for children. Powers' Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival, in Coweta County, has been held since 1971. Held on the grounds of the Powers' Family Plantation, the festival features over 100 artists from throughout the United States and country cooking from churches and other non-profit groups, including barbecue, sausage and biscuits and dried fruit pies.
Labor Day provides the perfect weekend for many festivals in Georgia. Kingsland hosts the annual Labor Day Weekend Catfish Festival, which started in 1983. Farm-raised Southern-fried catfish and hushpuppies create the culinary highlight of the festival, but visitors may also enjoy browsing arts and crafts booths, the festival parade and musical entertainment. Callaway Gardens, in Pine Mountain, hosts the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival during Labor Day Weekend. Visitors enjoy a balloon launch, balloon rides and beach activities. The festival also includes a 5k run and the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series Triathlon. Marietta hosts Art in the Park during Labor Day weekend. Visitors enjoy browsing artwork from artists throughout the United States, including a wide selection of art from local artists, art activities for children and art demonstrations.
Most festivals and fairs during the Labor Day weekend host their own local parades, but Douglasville claims it is home to the largest Labor Day parade in the southeastern United States. Sponsored by the Sweetwater Shrine Club, the parade kicks off the one-day Labor Day festival in Douglasville. The parade includes shrine groups and clowns from throughout Georgia and floats representing local community organizations. The parade begins at the Douglasville Welcome Center and ends at Hunter Park where the festival takes place.
For race car enthusiasts, the Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts an annual Labor Day Classic which includes a weekend full of NASCAR races and concerts. Beach-goers will enjoy Tybee Island's Labor Day Beach Bash held the Sunday before Labor Day. This festival includes music and fireworks at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. In nearby Savannah, the River Street Labor Day Celebration offers games for kids, arts and crafts for sale and specials at area businesses.
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