The Retro Town Fair, a popular addition to 2012’s Labor Day Festival, re-creates the Town Fairs of early Greenbelt. The first Town Fair was held in 1939 after a request from the Garden Club to City Council that a flower competition be held. Council expanded the plan to include canned goods, baked goods, and needlework. The Fair also included concerts, puppet shows, athletic contests, and more. Many of these elements have been incorporated into our modern Labor Day Festival, but the “County Fair” style judging for this event pays homage to that earliest of celebrations created by our predecessors in Greenbelt. Start planning your submissions!