For many Lodians, Field and Fair Day was a huge part of their childhood. There are memories of watching the balloons lift off from the vast open fields at Hutchins Street Square or watching parents get to take flight in a hot air balloon, wondering if they would make it back safely. Back then, the buildings at Hutchins Street Square weren’t all completed and the trees had barely been planted around the perimeter of the Square. The event included the entire community and it was a collaboration of service groups and everyday people. Field and Fair Day enjoyed a great run in the 80s and 90s, but after the success of fundraising and the incredible, completed center, the weekend became a memory of the past.
Fast forward a few years and the cries of the community to bring Field and Fair Day back were too great! Young adults, with fond memories of Field and Fair Day, now had children of their own and they wanted to share their Labor Day tradition with their kids. In 2013, the Hutchins Street Square Foundation revived the event and called it Labor Day Lodi, as we knew we couldn’t replicate the event of the 80s. Last year, however, we did return to the name of Field and Fair Day because we were confident the community wanted to hear it called that…and we were right!
This year’s event promises to be bigger and better that the past two years, as we have added several new activities to Field and Fair Day. While the tradition the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon, the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and Omega Nu Carnival Games are still part of our day, we have also added exciting new elements like a Car and Tractor Show, a Bicycle/Trike Course, Family Bingo, Art Classes every 15 minutes, Parading Princesses, Local Performances, a dove release and an all new Beer and Wine Garden with live music (three bands throughout the day). AND to cap it all off…the SACTO MOFO trucks will be here from 10 to 2 if you miss the pancake breakfast.
We hope Field and Fair Day 2015 brings back fond memories of your childhood…and we hope it creates a lasting memory for today’s youth as well.