For the first time, the city of Bexley's Main Event entertainment series and the annual Labor Day Block Party will merge into one end-of-summer celebration.
The Labor Day Block Party is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Jeffrey Mansion and Jeffrey Park, 165 N. Parkview Ave., and the David H. Madison Community Pool, 2100 Clifton Ave.
This year, the block party will include the Bexley's Got Talent community talent show from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and a screening of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" from 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. The talent show and movie screening are usually held on Capital University's front lawn as part of the Main Event, but will move to Jeffrey Mansion during the block party, said Michael Price, the city's recreation director.
"This is the first time we've combined those events," he said. "There's a lot of synergy between those two events that could make it an even bigger event for our community."
Another new block party feature is a performance by The British Invasion, a band that performs covers of tunes by The Beatles.
The British Invasion performance at 4:30 p.m. will complement the 3 p.m. performance by Meadow Music, which has been featured at the Labor Day Block Party for several years, Price said.
"Meadow Music is a concert band. The type of music that they'll be playing will be very different than The Beatles," Price said. "It's a concert band that plays patriotic music."
The party typically draws on average a crowd of 1,500, and frequent attendees can expect many of the activities from previous years, Price said. Those activities include inflatable games, a high-ropes course, a climbing wall and a pickleball tournament and pool activities. Pool admission for the day is free for Bexley residents, pool members and guests of members.
Another annual tradition is the egg drop. Local resident Jenny Walsh drops eggs from various heights while participants try to catch them.
"We have kids as young as 2 to adults trying to catch the eggs," Price said.
Mayor Ben Kessler and David Tetzloff, head chef at G. Michael's Bistro & Bar, will provide a cookout with burgers, hot dogs, fish tacos, corn on the cob, coleslaw and macaroni and cheese.
"They do a tremendous job with the menu, and it's always really delicious," Price said. "The cookout portion of it -- everything else is free -- it's geared to be a very affordable cost."
Community groups will also sell snacks to raise money for their organizations, said Kevin Smith, a recreation supervisor.
"The Boy Scouts will be selling soda; the Bexley Women's Club will be there selling baked goods," he said. "We have a local 4-H group, they'll be selling water and Snow Cones."
The party also includes the annual Trash and Treasure sale at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 2. Proceeds benefit the Bexley Activities Club, which presents year-round recreational programming for adults ages 55 and older. The sale enables Bexley residents to donate a variety of used items that are in good working condition and might be of interest to someone else.
"Those funds are used for a lot of things, including going on trips that they go on and paying for entertainment," Price said. "They also use that money to pay for scholarships for seniors who register for programs through the rec department and they get a discount."
For more information visit bexley.org/laborday.