Labor Day at The Post returns to Fort Oglethorpe’s Polo Field at Barnhardt Circle. Scheduled for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3, the event runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and includes food, arts and crafts vendors, activities for the kids and musical entertainment.
Labor Day at The Post is the city’s original outdoor family festival and was started to raise money for equipment for the Post Volunteer Fire Department. Early on, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School graduate and hometown musician James Rogers headlined the event for many years. Then Rogers won the 1983 National Mountain Music Festival at Silver Dollar City in Pigeon Forge and his musical career changed dramatically.
The 6th Cavalry Museum has stepped up to keep the Labor Day at The Post tradition alive, and the museum board was able to get Mr. Rogers to headline the event again. “I was thrilled to be part of bringing Labor Day at The Post back and see so many familiar faces in the audience. Playing for my hometown is very special to me,” said Mr. Rogers.
During his career, Mr. Rogers partnered with the Dollywood Company to run Music Mansion in Pigeon Forge from 1993-1998. During this time, James Rogers and Company (as the huge production show was called) earned the title of “the number one most attended show in the Smokies.” His 2,000 seat, multi-million-dollar theater received worldwide acclaim. Their performances won several awards, including the Peoples’ Choice Award for “Best Show" 1997 and 1998, “Best Theater” 1996, 1997, and 1998, and “Best Entertainer” 1997 and 1998, just to name a few. You can catch this hometown legend on stage at Labor Day at The Post from 2-4 p.m.
In addition to Mr. Rogers’ performance, Connor Priest will make his Labor Day at The Post debut at 11:30 a.m. Connor, 15, lives in Dalton. He began playing guitar at a young age and soon after started writing his own songs. He said that The Beatles and The Eagles have influenced his music style. He plays multiple genres that include indie rock, blues, and classic rock.
Austin Zackary returns for his second year. The 24-year-old Florida native lives in Rocky Face and is a country singer and song writer. Mr. Zackary points to Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Rodney Atkins and Luke Combs as influencing his music. Fans enthusiastically embraced his performance last year.
New for 2018 is the addition of chalk art on Barnhardt Circle. This is not the first-time chalk art has adorned Barnhardt Circle. For Patriotism at The Post on July 3, chalk artists, school students, young and old alike took to the street to showcase their art with success. Patriotic art, Super Heroes, landscapes and iconic American symbols were just a few of the creations. The artwork was enjoyed by the community. Labor Day at The Post is keeping the art movement alive and look forward to a new round of chalk art creations.
The kids will have a chance to play in the Kid’s Fun Zone. A $15 wristband gets them all the bounce house fun, petting zoo and pony rides they want. Apex Inflatables will have a wide assortment of houses and slides. Noah’s Little Ark will bring a full menagerie of animals for the kids to pet and staff supervised pony rides.
There will also be vendors selling handmade and homemade goods including home décor, art, baby items, gifts, fashion accessories, jewelry, candles, canned goods and more. Food vendors include American Legion Post 214 BBQ and wings and a complete line-up of concessions from Hungry Hollow and Southern Treats and our long-time vendors Kettle Corn Man, Repici Ice and Donna’s Cotton Candy.
Arts & Crafts vendor space is still available. Spaces must be reserved in advance and are $40 for a single 10’ x 10’ space and $65 for a double space. Anyone interested in vendor space can find the vendor application and payment information at www.6thcavalrymuseum.org.
Admission to the event and parking are free. For more information, call the 6th Cavalry Museum at 706-861-2860 or search Facebook for Labor Day at The Post.