Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Labor's Party Festivals, Fun Set to Celebrate Holiday Weekend in St. Louis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Labor's Party Festivals, Fun Set to Celebrate Holiday Weekend in St. Louis

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A great weather forecast and a full schedule of things to do promise to make the Labor Day weekend a major annual celebration of the end of summer.

A forecast in the mid-80s with only a slight chance of thunderstorms on Monday is consistent with a mild summer that was slightly wetter and cooler than normal.

WeatherData Inc., the Post-Dispatch's forecasting service, reported that rainfall in St. Louis was 15.96 inches from May through August, compared with the normal of 14.02 inches. The average temperature was 73.5 degrees, compared with the normal of 74.6. The thermometer never reached 100 degrees this summer.

With the weather settled for the weekend, it's time to turn to thoughts of fun.

"St. Louisans don't have to leave town to have a good time," said Steve Kappler, public relations manager for the Missouri Tourism Commission.

Ticking off Labor Day weekend events close to home, Kappler named the Goldenrod Ragtime Festival in St. Charles, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Blues Heritage Festival at Laclede's Landing, the Art Happening at Queeny Park, the St. Louis County Fair and Air Show in Chesterfield and the Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in St. Louis.

For those who want to make a Labor Day excursion, Kappler suggested the Great Pershing Balloon Derby at Brookfield, Mo. Mark Twain Lake, the Lake of the Ozarks and Lake Taneycomo are ready for Labor Day visitors also, Kappler said.

The country music mecca at Branson on Lake Taneycomo reported "probably the best summer they've had" with their biggest tourist season still coming in the fall, Kappler said. Branson realized an 8 percent increase in tourism taxes collected this summer, he reported.

Joel Pottinger, executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau at the Lake of the Ozarks, said the Lodge of the Four Seasons and Tan-Tar-A resort would put on fireworks shows Sunday night, and "we're expecting fantastic weather."

Pottinger said "we no longer shut down after Labor Day. …

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