Labor Day in Cedarville
September 7, 2011
Believe it or not, Labor Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in Cedarville, closely followed by homecoming (gotta love small town holidays). Supposedly, Cedarville is the birthplace of Labor Day — claiming to be the home town of the founder of Labor Day, although according to Wikipedia, the actual holiday started in New York in 1882. So now that you have that interesting piece of knowledge tucked in your belt for the next time you play Trivial Pursuit, let me tell you about how Cedarvillians celebrate the holiday. Or rather, let me show you ...
Sunday Night, the Cedarville Oprah House Society (like I said, small town charm) puts on a movie to kick of the Cedarville Indians’ football season and “Cedarfest” — the celebration of Labor Day. This year, we watched “Remember the Titans.” Some of us who work with the alumni association came and helped usher and sell concessions.
On Saturday and Monday mornings, the Cedarville volunteer fire department hosts a local $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the fire house. A lot of students on campus volunteer at the fire station so we got to see a lot of friends and classmates cooking and grilling!
Everything was SO good!
There was a lot of seating inside the fire house, plus three huge tents out front. I think the whole place was packed. If you notice, the group of people on the left side of the picture is in line to get in the building and get their food! It’s so worth the wait.
Monday is the big day. Of course, you start your day with the pancake breakfast, which runs until noon. Then, you rush over with your friends or family to find a good spot along Main Street to see the parade at one. Cedarville is all about parades; it’s great. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the parade, so I have no picturesL. At the park, everyone’s getting ready for “Cedarfest” which has live music, food vendors, games, etc. and runs into the late evening. To finish your Labor Day Monday, you come back to the park (or just find a seat if you’re still there) and join the rest of the town to watch the famous Cedarville fireworks. Students and “townies” alike come to share in this fantastic tradition.
Fireworks can be difficult to photograph, but I did my best.
Some people come from all over to watch the fireworks. The two girls in this picture are in all of my classes, so it proves a lot of students come down as well!
I love this one and that you can see everyone from the glow of the fireworks.
So that’s it. Cedarville pride and charm wrapped up in one fun and tradition-filled weekend. Many students go home for Labor Day, taking advantage of the extra day off school, but if you happen to get stuck in Cedarville for Labor Day (or even choose to stick around), there will be no shortage of entertainment and festivities to keep you busy!