I hope you've been saving some discretionary funds like my wife and I have, in readiness for this year's Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival.

Whether you're an artist or an art lover, the Arts Festival is one of the region's premiere showcases of artworks in all manner of media. Held in our picturesque Northam Park, the 51st Labor Day Arts Festival is slated for Monday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free as always, and there will be plenty of refreshments and entertainment – not to mention art – to keep you busy.

Two particular areas to pay attention to would have to be the Emerging Artists booths and last year's Best of Show award recipients.

The Emerging Artists' Program was created to help launch the next generation of festival artists, pairing them with festival veterans in a mentoring program and providing an opportunity to showcase their works to attendees. The Best of Show winners are typically named around 12:30 p.m., if you are interested in zeroing in on this year's attendees' favorites.

You can also check out last year's winners – a great place to start if you're looking for unique artwork.

The Art Activities area will be a draw for children of all ages, as they enjoy making mixed-media art necklaces, stained glass window sparklers and sky mobiles, as well as hands-on music-making and interactive drama activities.

Add to that musical entertainment and refreshments, and the festival makes for a great family day soaking up the arts in UA.

An event of this magnitude is the result of the efforts of many groups, organizations and individuals. Besides the year-round work of the Cultural Arts Division and Commission, the festival is made possible thanks to sponsors that include Argo & Lehne Jewelers, Crimson Cup, Kingsdale Market District and the Ohio Arts Council.

As the event nears, additional city divisions become involved, from police and fire handling traffic and safety issues to the parks and forestry, streets and electrical divisions providing the event's logistical needs. Many thanks to all involved.

While at the festival this year, be sure to look for our city tent, where you will be able to learn more about the Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan and how to get involved in that process.

We also will be promoting the upcoming centennial, alongside members of the Centennial Task Force and Upper Arlington Historical Society.

This includes an opportunity to preorder the society's new history book and centennial T-shirts and caps – great holiday gift ideas – so that you and your family can be all set and ready to start celebrating UA's birthday come Jan. 1.

Visit uaoh.net/ldaf for a full run down of the day's activities. I hope to see you there.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager. His office provides this column to ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.