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Greenbelt Labor Day fest kicks off Friday


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Sentinel file photo. Greenbelt Labor Day Festival attendees ride one of the amusements last year.

Sentinel file photo. Greenbelt Labor Day Festival attendees ride one of the amusements last year.

Published on: Thursday, August 29, 2013

By Tauren Dyson

The 59th annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival will feature dozens of games, exhibitions and activities in honor of the historic city.

The four-day event from Friday to Monday includes an art and photo show, the Miss Greenbelt Pageant, a 15k race and several musical performances. The event will culminate with a parade, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.

Founded in 1935 after the Great Depression as a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, Greenbelt was one of three cities in the United States designed to put centrally located goods, services and schools near the residents in the community.

The festival will take place at the Roosevelt Center on 101 Centerway Road in Old Greenbelt. Organizers will have parking and shuttle service from three locations: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt Elementary School and Green Ridge House (residents only).

The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

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