Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

August 13, 2013

Downtown Labor Fest planned

Inaugural Indy Labor Fest taking place Aug. 31


Hendricks County Flyer

---- — For those looking for something to do Labor Day Weekend, look no further than Downtown Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Labor Fest, hosted by the Central Indiana Labor Council, along with Clear Communications, Inc., will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 on Georgia Street.

Michelle Boyd, event coordinator, said there’s something for the whole family at the festival.

“The festival is going to feature live music and food from Murphy’s Steakhouse,” Boyd said. “There will be kids’ activities and a kids’ zone that includes Boomer from the Pacers, we will have Robby from the Indianapolis Indians, the kids will be able to go through obstacle courses and there will be face painting and concessions.”

The lineup for the live music is:

• 11 a.m. to noon, 2 Taks Backs;

• 12:25 to 1:25 p.m., The Jake Henson Band;

• 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Standout Story;

• 3:05 to 4:05 p.m., The Cory Williams Band; and

• 4:30 to 6 p.m., The Flying Toasters.

She said the festival was designed to give families something to do during the holiday weekend.

“It’s really billed as a family event designed for folks to bring their families down and celebrate their day off,” Boyd said. “There really hasn’t been a family focused type event in Downtown Indianapolis on Labor Day Weekend and the Central Labor Council is the group that put this together and the idea was to create a celebration for everyone to enjoy.”

Boyd said this event is an expansion on previous Labor Day Weekend festivities.

“The Central Labor Council represents working families throughout Central Indiana and we had typically celebrated Labor Day Weekend with a parade through Downtown Indianapolis,” she said. “We just wanted to expand the celebration so that it could include an all-day activity from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We really feel like it’s a chance for those folks that work hard every day, no matter what industry they work in, to take a chance to enjoy our city.”

Boyd added that what also makes the event great is that it’s free.

“It’s the only free festival Labor Day Weekend,” she said. “There’s no charge for admission, the only thing you have to pay for is food and drinks while you’re enjoying the festival.”

According to a press release, the event is collaboration between Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and the Central Indiana Labor Council, which represents nearly 52,000 active and retired members from Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, and Hendricks counties.

For more information, visit the website at www.indylaborfest.org.