Residents and The Hutchins Street Square Foundation are bringing back the spirit of Lodi’s Field and Fair Day with the upcoming Labor Day Lodi. The revived tradition celebrate’s the Square’s 100th anniversary and brings neighbors together with family entertainment and a hot air balloon launch.
Labor Day Lodi
The RE/MAX hot air balloon will take flight from Hutchins Street Square at 7 a.m., before the official celebration begins at Labor Day Lodi on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
- Labor Day Lodi at a glance
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2.
Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi.
Tickets: $5; kids 2 and under are free.
Information: www.labordaylodi.com, 209-366-1222.
10 a.m.: Cutting Edge Martial Arts demonstration in Wishek Amphitheatre.
10:15 a.m.: Grape stomp on the south lawn.
11 a.m.: Bad Medicine (main stage), kids foot races (south lawn), art and wine showcase opens in Kirst Hall, beer and margarita booths open, World of Wonders Science Museum experiments (Wishek Amphitheatre).
Noon: Lodi Police Department K-9 Unit demonstration (south lawn) and Tokay High Cheer (Wishek Amphitheater)
1 p.m.: Water balloon toss (south lawn) and Lodi Youth Ballet (Wishek Amphitheater)
1:30 p.m.: Big Booty Bob & the Backside Kickers (main stage) and Lodi Children’s Chorus/Lodi Youth Chorale (Wishek Amphitheater).
2 p.m.: Lodi Fire Department activity on the south lawn.
2:15 p.m.: Travis Vega guitarist (Wishek Hall).
2:30 p.m.: Cutting Edge martial arts demonstration (Wishek Amphitheatre).
3 p.m.: Hula Hoop Contest on the south lawn and Arabian Jewels Belly Dancing (Wishek Amphitheatre).
Up, up and away!
Come out to the Square or simply look out your window around 7 a.m. Labor Day, when the RE/MAX hot air balloon will be launched from the lawn at Hutchins Street Square.
Lodians got talent
Here is your chance to see just how talented your neighbors are. Friends and family will perform everything from singing, dancing and more on the local entertainment stage in Wishek Amphitheatre.
Step on up!
What community celebration would be complete without carnival games?
See you in Food Truck Alley
Aside from things like cake pops and Miley Cyrus, there are few things more popular than food trucks. Labor Day Lodi will have a Food Truck Alley with local food truck vendors:
A Moveable Feast (sandwiches and fries), Guantonio’s Pizza, Lockeford Sausage, La Sabrosita (Mexican food) and Costa’s Finest Kettle Corn.
Where kids can be kids
Bounce house. Rock climbing wall. Obstacle course. Dunk tank. Oh my!
Let your kids lose in the kid zone, where they can test their skills of endurance and get wet back to back.
Movin’ with the music
Big Booty Bob & The Backside Kickers, as well as Bon Jovi tribute band Bad Medicine, will provide the soundtrack to Labor Day Lodi. They will perform on the main stage, and it is free to watch their performances all day long.
Art & Wine
Add a little culture and agriculture to a fun day on the field with the Art & Wine Showcase presented by the Lodi Arts Foundation and Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission. Ten local artists and wineries will share their best creations.
And then we chill
Spread out on the lawn with a blanket and new and old friends to enjoy the open seating on the lawn.
Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 11:24 am
You know you’re a Lodian if you attended Field and Fair Days in the ’80s and ’90s. The annual event brought Lodi residents together on the lawns of Hutchins Street Square and encouraged everyone to connect as neighbors.
The days started with an early morning lift-off of hot air balloons, and concluded with worn-out children walking home, abuzz with excitement.
Friday, August 30, 2013 11:24 am.