By Lynne Phillips
New London's annual Firelands Labor Day Festival takes place Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 at Recreation Park.The midway opens on Friday at 6 p.m. with a softball tournament beginning at 7 p.m. Softball begins each day of the festival at 8 a.m. Gates open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 7 a.m. The annual 5K Road Race kicks off on Saturday morning at 9. It is followed at 10 a.m. by the Horseshoe Round Robin and ATV/Dirt Bike Races. Midway opens at noon each day and the Firelands Festival Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The parade route is the same as other years from downtown to South Main Street, down Grove Street and ends at the park. According to village administrator Shawn Pickworth SR 60 will be open the Labor Day weekend with construction resuming on Tuesday morning. Life Flight will make an appearance at 5 p.m. and an open truck pull begins at 6 p.m. There will be live music from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday a community worship service is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at the Hileman Building. At 9 a.m. there is a sand volleyball tournament followed at 10 a.m. with a horseshoe tournament. The demo derby is at 1 p.m., Rough Truck Challenge at 6 p.m. On Monday at 10 a.m. there is an open tractor pull and cornhole tournament. Both events begin at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. the kiddie tractor pull begins with kid's games at 1 p.m. A pizza eating contest starts at 4 p.m. along with the brownie baking contest. Door prizes will be awarded beginning at 6 p.m. at the Depot (must be present to win). The annual event is capped off by fireworks at 9 p.m. at the park. Pre-Sale three day passes are available for $15 per person and must be purchased by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Passes may be purchased at Gilbert's Hardware and the village office. Senior Citizen passes are available for $10 (age 62 and older). Children ages three and under are free and include rides. Daily gate prices are $7 per day per person. Senior citizens $4 per day per person (age 62). Drivers for all events must pay gate fees. For rules and entry forms please visit www.newlondon.com. Click on parks, then Labor Day page.