Bexley News

Labor Day Block Party

Mayor mans the grill for annual gathering


Bexley's annual Labor Day Block Party will feature entertainment, food, the Trash and Treasure Sale and a variety of recreation activities at Jeffrey Mansion and Park on Aug. 31.

The sale will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the mansion, 165 N. Parkview, and the party will begin at 3 p.m. in the park. Admission is free, with activities running until 7 p.m.

"The Labor Day Block Party is one of the bigger events the city puts on during the year," Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said. "Usually we have participation in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 residents, depending on the weather."

Kessler will be working the grill, serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, chicken, corn on the cob and fish tacos.

Although he'll be busy grilling, Kessler said he'll entertain questions from residents about issues of concern.

"Usually things are a little hectic, since we're rushing to get everyone fed," he said. "But I'll answer any question, any time, and when I'm behind the grill is no exception."

Throughout the block party, community groups will sell drinks, desserts and other items to raise money for their organizations, Recreation Department Director Michael Price said.

"The Labor Day Block Party is a special event, as it brings our community together in celebration of a wonderful summer and the start of a new school year," he said. "This event is about building community."

Activities will include a rock-climbing contest with prizes, a high ropes course, a cornhole tournament, inflatable games and a water balloon toss.

There also will be events at the David H. Madison Community Pool, including an underwater egg hunt and slide races.

"The pool is open and free to the public on the day of the party, and we have a lot of activities and live music going on throughout the event, so there's something for everyone," Kessler said.

The Trash and Treasure Sale, which benefits the Bexley Senior Citizen program, will feature items donated by local residents, including books, jewelry, sports equipment, furniture, knickknacks, gardening tools and electronics.

"The great thing about this event is that you can bring your entire family, from your toddler to your grandmother, and there is something they will all enjoy and you can have a day's worth of entertainment without having to spend a dime," Price said.

For more information about the party, call the city of Bexley Recreation and Parks Department at 614-559-4300 or visit the city's website,