Fort Oglethorpe's original outdoor family festival, Labor Day at The Post, will be held Monday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the Barnhardt Circle polo field.
Festivities begin with a parade that steps off from the Kmart parking lot at 11am.
Themed "America the Beautiful," this year's parade will have Peggy Stanfield serve as Honorary Parade Marshal.
"Peggy is a special lady who has contributed so much to our community," Mayor Lynn Long said. "She taught my children, was instrumental in getting the Catoosa County Animal Shelter built and is a tireless advocate for our senior residents and the city."
Stanfield and others participating in the parade will proceed from the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and travel south on LaFayette Road, according to parade chairwoman Chris McKeever.
"Spectators will want to be on the west side of Lafayette Road, the same side as Subway Restaurant and Sear's Shoe Store, to get the best view of the parade and for the children to collect treats," McKeever said. "Lafayette Road is five lanes wide and it's hard on the parade participants to cover both sides of the road, so we'll be utilizing the two lanes on the west side. We don't want any children not to get a good look at the parade or be left out of collecting treats."
Following the parade, the polo field on Barnhardt Circle will have a wide variety of vendor booths, games and entertainment.
Activities for children focus on The Kid's Play Zone, where a $10 wristband allows unlimited fun in the bounce house, slides and other inflatable attractions and includes unlimited visits to Noah's Little Ark Petting Zoo as well as pony rides. Chattanooga Allergy Clinic is sponsoring a bounce house and will be passing out toys for children and allergy health information for their parents.
No outdoor gathering would be complete without food and Labor Day at The Post is no exception. Barbecue and other festival foods will be offered on-site by VFW Post 3679 as well as Hungry Hollow, Old Mill Kettle Corn and Repici Ice.
Musical entertainment should showcase something for every taste this year, according to entertainment chairman Jeff Epperson.
The Chattanooga Valley Baptist Orchestra begins the afternoon's entertainment at 12:30 p.m., followed by Christian Country artist Chris McDaniel at 1:30 p.m., R&B and oldies favorite Dexter Thomas Band at 2:30 p.m. and The Robby Hopkins Country Band at 3:45 p.m., Epperson said.
"Patriotic, Christian, R&B, jazz, oldies and country - it's a great lineup, so bring your lawn chair and spend the day at Labor Day at The Post," he said.