Matthews, North Carolina is a small community next to the development where I live. Every year, it hosts a street festival over Labor Day weekend as a celebration of the unofficial end of summer. The small festival packs big-time fun with food, rides, games , music, arts & crafts, and knick-knack booths. It is like a mini state fair.

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The stage in the little park is used for musical entertainment. Bands representing a variety of genres play throughout the weekend. The festival is small enough that the sound of the bands and performers carries across the entire venue while keeping the decibel level to a pleasant level.

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Games, rides, and junk food just like a state fair midway.

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Arts & Crafts and nick knacks in and around the community center.

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Locals proudly displayed their handiwork.

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The stage in the community center was another venue for more musical entertainment.

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Spending a couple of hours at the festival enjoying the music, food and people was a great way to wrap up a great summer. I hope others in the northern hemisphere enjoyed the summer and weekend, too. Did you have a good Labor Day weekend?