It may have been drizzling now and then on Monday, but families still flocked to Hutchins Street Square for Labor Day Lodi.
The southeast grounds at the Square were filled with children’s games, live bands and demonstrations by martial arts groups, the Lodi police K9s, Lodi Youth Ballet, World of Wonders Science Museum, Lodi Fire Department and Arabian Jewels bellydancing.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Acampo resident Joan Daub said. “It looks like it’s fun for the kids, too.”
Daub and Acampo resident Matthew Bronson were at Labor Day Lodi to supervise Boy Scouts from Lodi Troop 291 as they cleaned up trash at Hutchins Street Square.
“It’s neat to see all the families here today,” Bronson said.
The Hutchins Street Square Foundation decided to resurrect the old Field and Fair Day, which was held annually on Labor Day during the 1980s and ’90s. Bronson was too young to have remembered the old Field and Fair Day, but he said he was glad to see what it was like by being at Labor Day Lodi on Monday.
Visitors who didn’t want to get wet could go inside, sample some wine and check out the art show.
Rich Allen, who lives in Lodi and is a member of the Lodi Arts Center, displayed his paintings of the San Juan Islands, located in Puget Sound north of Seattle.
Meanwhile, Mike Ryan, who lives in Folsom and has an art gallery in Placerville, displayed some artwork that defied description. One piece was a bunch of model cars on plywood that resembled an electric guitar. Another unusual work of art included what used to be a high-voltage insulator placed along railroad tracks, several red model cars and a model tractor on both sides of a white porcelain shower faucet.
Ryan said he doesn’t know why he comes up with such odd artwork.
Labor Day Lodi also included live music from groups like Big Booty Bob & the Backside Kickers and Bad Medicine, a Bon Jovi tribute band.
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