Civic group ready for Labor Neighbor Day
When the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival focuses on the artistically inclined, there will be another event going for those looking for a little friendly competition.
The Upper Arlington Civic Association will host its annual Labor Neighbor Day celebration on Monday, Sept. 3.
"It's a fun event," said Greg Rose, who is this year's event co-director along with Linc Walquist.
"It's just about community, traditions and families ... It's kind of our summer thing to do in town with your family and friends."
Labor Neighbor Day has been celebrated for decades, Rose said.
"We have parents who participated in the events as kids and are now taking their kids to them," he said. "The events are part of the tradition of Upper Arlington and part of what makes it such a good town."
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Kingsdale Center parking lot near Chase Bank with registration for both the bike races and the pet show.
"We expect several hundred people to participate in the bike race," Rose said.
The bike races are for children up to 15 years old. Races will be by age group and boy/girl format and begin with the 2 and younger category and proceed to the 12 to 15 range.
"They have to wear helmets," Rose said.
A pet show is open to all residents, and the pets will be judged for categories such as shaggiest dog and most curious cat.
"Our junior directors, our high school volunteers, actually do the voting," Rose said. "It's a volunteer opportunity for them."
There's one big rule about what animals are should be brought for the pet show, Rose said: "The pets need to be comfortable around other animals."
The final event of the Labor Neighbor Day is the wiffle ball tournament at 11:30 a.m. behind Tremont Elementary School, 2900 Tremont Road.
"If you're going to do the wiffle ball tournament, you have to plan for it and form a team," Rose said. "You need at least six players, but only three can be over 13 (years old)."
Rose said the civic association is anticipating more than 20 teams for the tournament.
"The turnout's always excellent and gets bigger every year," he said.
Additional rules for the wiffle ball tournament as well as more information about Labor Neighbor Day are available online at the civic association's website, uaca.org.