Canton Labor Day Festival : The 115th Canton Labor Day Festival is on September 3 and 4. There’s plenty to do at the festival, from the Labor Day parade to a concert by Sammy Kershaw. The event is the state’s longest fair. It has evolved with time while still honoring Canton’s blue-collar roots and paper mill history. To honor mill workers, tickets are now $5/day or $8 for a 2-day pass when purchased in advance.
“We aim to provide Canton and nearby areas with joyful, stress-free family time,” said Lisa Stinnett, assistant town manager.There will be music from local and national artists at the event. On Sunday, September 3, Sammy Kershaw will be the main act. On Monday, September 4, Balsam Range will be the main act. The Steve Jordan Band, the Crowe Brothers, the J Creek Cloggers, and Lee Newton from Canton are among other acts.The South’s longest Labor Day Parade will start on Monday, September 4, at 10 a.m.. Participants can sign up for the walk until Thursday, August 31.
The Kids Zone will have six inflatables, yard games, and sensory-friendly activities for kids. A motorized bull will add fun for 4 hours daily. Various food choices will be from food trucks like Fat Belly’s, Hit the Pit, Woof Street Bistro, and more.Air Dogs will perform a stunt show and a WNC Handcraft Expo and Farmer’s Market. There’s something for everyone in the family.The Air Dogs Deck Diving event is a fun way for dogs to showcase their jumping skills. Pets are allowed at the event. During the event, sessions will be held at various times on both days. Donations to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
On September 4, from 12-4 p.m., the Smoky Mountain Cruisers will hold their Car Show. All cars, including motorcycles, can enter the show, and the top 20 win prizes. No signup cost.The fair has music and food vendors in Sorrells Street Park, the Kids Zone is across the street, and vendors on Park Street connect the two. There are many entrances and parking spots.Two-day passes can be purchased in advance at Ingles stores for $8 until September 2, while day-of tickets will be $5 at the gate. Kids under 12 enter free. Pets are only allowed in the Air Dogs show area.Stinnett advises to “bring a chair and extra clothes for the kids” and “enjoy the show.”