Has the economy deterred your plans for a vacation this Labor Day weekend?
Don’t feel bad; you can still enjoy some family fun time by attending Sunday’s Labor Day Family Picnic event at J.F. Gregory Park.
The event, which takes place Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., has a full slate of games and live entertainment - and comes at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.
"A family of four could spend $20 and have a great time," coordinator Brett Hulme said. "Admission is free and a meal is $7, which includes a burger or chicken, tea and a dessert – half price for kids."
Entertainment includes a waterslide, watermelon seed spitting contest, candy in the haystack game and live music from Kenny D and the Pharaohs, whose set will include everything from classic rock to Motown.
The event is presented by the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council, which is a federation of unions in a 13-county jurisdiction, including Bryan County. It is an annual event, and this is the second year it is being held at J.F. Gregory Park.
Hulme said it was held previously at the roundhouse in Savannah, "but we outgrew it. It went so well at the park last year that we’ll probably have it there in years to come as well."
The theme of the event is "Keep Georgians Working," and it will include booths from local Georgia companies, such as Kroger, International Paper and Tyson Foods.
A few familiar faces will be on hand. Several retired NFL players, including former Atlanta Falcon Edgar Fields, will be there greeting folks and signing autographs.
Hulme said several famous politicians will be at the event to meet and greet. He named gubernatorial candidates Roy Barnes and David Poythress as well as House Representative John Barrow (D - GA).
Hulme said last year’s event drew 400 people, but he looks for attendance to be significantly more this year, due to economy potentially deterring travel.