Thousands of Chapin families lined both sides of Chapin Road Monday morning to partake in the town’s most well-known tradition: the 40th Annual Labor Day Parade.
Participants came out of the General Information Services parking lot, down the street, ending on St. Peter’s Church Road. Streets were blocked off for the parade at 9 a.m. and reopened around 11. Beaufort and Clark streets, located in the heart of Chapin, remained closed for more than 120 art and food vendors to entertain the festival crowd.
Many residents have attended the event for years, while others took part for the first time this year. “It was really fun, I can’t believe I hadn’t gone before,” John Donnelly said, who moved to Chapin four years ago. “I’m glad I got to be a part of everything.”
The weekend-long festival began Saturday with the Justin Pepper 5K from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday evening, a concert on Beaufort Street benefitted We Care, and featured Tokyo Joe. Sunday evening, another concert was held featuring Noel Lindler and the Bank Walkers. The event finished Monday with the parade, street vendors, a classic cars show in the Mt. Horeb parking lot, the Chapin Library Book Sale, and AMROC Model Train Exhibit.