The quaint yet small urban city of Fountain celebrated its Fall Festival & Parade on Labor Day that started with the parade on Santa Fe Avenue later proceeding to Metcalfe Park where citizens, military, family and friends enjoyed the holiday that is symbolic with the end of summer. What better way to have community members gather together to share in cultural folklore dance, music, arts, crafts, local information and craft booths, food and in addition celebrate the City of Fountain 40th year Anniversary of its local Chamber of Commerce. It is excellent to see well planned urban growth while maintaining small town charm for after all the City of Fountain was the 2002 All-America City. This small town feel is most appreciated when you see the Chamber of Commerce itself that also happens to have a city museum on the top floor.
The picture here to a business enthusiast and wanna be historian is priceless. It is enjoyable to get to experience small town America, a bit more modern today yet still keeping up with its history, roots, charm and quaint atmosphere. This is a great way for many to experience Labor Day which has always been celebrated the first Monday of September-”The form of celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: a street parede to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations, followed by a festival for the workers and families”. ( Labor Day. (2009, September 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Retrieved 02:27, September 8, 2009, from Wiki.org). This became the pattern of Labor day celebrations and no surprise since the City of Fountain is one of the All-America-Cities.
Here are a few pictures of the activities and it is excellent to see parents that take great effort to take their young ones to dance classes and later allow them to participate in community celebrations.
Folklore dance enriches a community and it gets passed down to younger generations so as to preserve cultural heritage and appreciation. Here at the Fall festival we got to experience the talents of different age groups. Also the event had individuals from many cultural backgrounds participating in the parade and celebrating together at the Fall festival craft booths.
Parent with participating children during the Fall Festival & Parade.