Cel­e­brate La­bor Day at the Post

James Rogers play­ing an­nual block party in Fort Oglethorpe

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Home­town fa­vorite James Rogers will headline the en­ter­tain­ment at La­bor Day at the Post on Mon­day, Sept. 3.

The an­nual com­mu­nity party re­turns to the Barn­hardt Cir­cle polo field in Fort Oglethorpe, Ge­or­gia, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., of­fer­ing food, arts and crafts, mu­sic through­out the af­ter­noon and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties. Chalk art on Barn­hardt Cir­cle will be a new ad­di­tion to this event.

La­bor Day at The Post is the city’s orig­i­nal out­door fam­ily fes­ti­val that was started to raise money for equip­ment for the Post Vol­un­teer Fire De­part- ment.

Rogers head­lined the event for many years. Then he won the 1983 Na­tional Moun­tain Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at Sil­ver Dol­lar City in Pi­geon Forge, Ten­nes­see, and his mu­si­cal ca­reer changed dra­mat­i­cally, says Chris McKeever, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the 6 th Cavalry Mu­seum in Fort Oglethorpe, which has kept the fes­ti­val go­ing.

Dur­ing his ca­reer, Rogers part­nered with the Dol­ly­wood Com­pany to run Mu­sic Man­sion in Pi­geon Forge from 1993 to 1998. His show at that time, “James Rogers and Com­pany,” earned the ti­tle of“No .1 most-at­tended show in the Smok­ies.”

Mu­sic Man­sion per­for­mances won Peo­ples’ Choice awards for Best Show in 1997 and 1998; Best The­ater in 1996, 1997 and 1998; and Rogers won Best En­ter­tainer in 1997 and 1998.

Mid­night Prom­ise will kick off the mu­sic at La­bor Day at the Post at 11 a.m. with its high-en­ergy acous­tic rock and roll. Con­nor Priest, 15-year-old singer- song­writer from Dal­ton, Ge­or­gia, makes his La­bor Day at The Post de­but at noon.

Austin Zackary re­turns for his sec­ond year at 1 p.m.. The 24-year-old Florida na­tive lives in Rocky Face, Ge­or­gia, and is a coun­try singer-song­writer. Rogers will per­form at 2 p.m.

A Kid’s Fun Zone will in­clude Apex In­flat­a­bles, Noah’s Lit­tle Ark pet­ting zoo and su­per­vised pony rides. A $ 15 wrist­band al­lows a child all the bounc­ing and pony rides he or she can work into their time at the event.

Par­ents can browse ven­dors sell­ing hand­made and home­made goods. Food ven­dors will in­clude Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 214, Hun­gry Hol­low, South­ern Treats, Corn Crib, Ket­tle Corn Man, Repici Ice and Donna’s Cot­ton Candy.

Ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 706-861-2860.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

James Rogers per­forms at 2 p.m. Mon­day dur­ing La­bor Day at the Post.

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