IF YOU GO
What: Labor Day at the Post.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.
Where: Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe
Admission: Free; $10 wristband for unlimited play in Kids Play Zone
* 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Valley Baptist Orchestra
*1:30 p.m. Chris McDaniel
*2:30 p.m. Dexter Thomas Band
* 3:45 p.m. Robby Hopkins Country Band
"America the Beautiful" is the theme of Monday's parade kicking off the Labor Day patriotic party in Fort Oglethorpe.
Labor Day at the Post is Fort Oglethorpe's original outdoor family festival, according to Chris McKeever, director of the 6th Cavalry Museum and parade chairman.
McKeever said the parade will line up in the Fort Oglethorpe Kmart's parking lot at 10 a.m., then lead participants down LaFayette Road to Barnhardt Circle, where the daylong celebration will take place. Peggy Stanfield, who McKeever said was instrumental in establishing the Catoosa County Animal Shelter, will be the parade's grand marshal.
This year's party at the post will include a Kids Play Zone with games, pony rides, bounce house and inflatables. There will be crafters and concessions sold by VFW Post 3679, Hungry Hollow, Old Mill Kettle Corn and Repici Ice.
Jeff Epperson, entertainment chairman, said an effort has been made to expand the musical lineup so there is something for everyone.
"Patriotic, Christian, R&B, jazz, oldies and country, it's a great lineup," said Epperson. "So bring your lawn chair and spend the day."
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...