Upper Arlington News

UACA gears for Labor Neighbor Day Sept. 2

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

One of the Upper Arlington community's longest-running traditions will return Sept. 2 when the Upper Arlington Civic Association hosts its annual Labor Neighbor Day.

Since 1959, the UACA has staged a community celebration of Labor Day.

The event, which organizers note is not affiliated with the city of Upper Arlington's Labor Day Arts Festival or the Upper Arlington City School District, is held each year by the UACA, a group of city residents who have been organizing and hosting community events for 80 years.

"Everything is completely free," said Greg Rose, who, along with Jeff Hiller and Chris Mackey, is serving as director of the UACA 2013 Labor Neighbor Day event. "This is a community-based event to celebrate the community and family.

"It's also kind of a finale for summer."

Labor Neighbor Day has three cornerstone activities: a bike race, a pet show and a Wiffle Ball tournament.

Information and rules for each activity are posted at http://directors1933.uaca.org/wordpress/events/labor-neighbor-day.

Rose said the bike race is open to children as young as toddlers and to teenagers up to 15. There also is a parent-child tandem bike race.

Registration for the bike race begins at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 2 in the Kingsdale Center parking lot near Chase Bank. The races are slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Races will be by age groups and boy-girl formats starting with the age 2 and younger competitors on their Big Wheels, tricycles and bikes with training wheels and finishing with ages 12-15. Helmets are required for all riders, and scooters will not be permitted.

"All participants receive a participation ribbon and there are trophies for first, second and third places," Rose said.

Registration for the pet show also will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Kingsdale parking lot by Chase Bank. It's open to pets and residents of all ages, and the show will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

A variety of awards will be given, for everything from shaggiest dog and most curious cat to unique pets or best outfit.

However, organizers require that participating pets must be sociable and comfortable in parade-like settings.

"The pet show is more of a pageant," Rose said. "There's not a winner, per se. Last year, we had 60 entrants. We had frogs and birds. We had cats and dogs and even a hedgehog."

The third and final activity of Labor Neighbor Day will be the Wiffle Ball tournament, which will be held behind Tremont Elementary School. It will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m.

"We're going to try to get the tournament started at 12:30 p.m.," Rose said. "It's going to be a round-robin, World Cup-style tournament."

The official rules for this year's tournament are listed on the UACA website, and organizers ask prospective participants to take note of them because they have changed slightly this year.

"This year, it's open to boys and girls up to those entering their freshman year of high school," Rose said. "You can only have three players over 13 (years old) on the field at the same time."

Wiffle bats and balls will be provided for the tournament, no gloves are permitted and UACA officials adhere to a strict "no arguing" rule.

"Please refer to the website for this year's rules," Rose said.

Additional information about Labor Neighbor Day and the UACA can be found at uaca.org.