Hit the Road for Labor Day Celebrations

Valley residents can be forgiven if they don’t bemoan the end of summer like people in the cold country. While there are still plenty of weeks of triple digit temperatures left, at least Labor Day signals the beginning of the end of scorching hot steering wheels and oven-like car temperatures. Labor Day also offers the last three-day holiday that desert dwellers can get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures in other parts of the state. Before you head to the mountains, make sure and get your oil changed and fluids topped off at any of the Chapman Arizona dealerships.

Coconino County Fair in Flagstaff

One of the biggest Labor Day events around the state is the annual Coconino County Fair, held in the fairgrounds just outside Flagstaff. Along with rides and plenty of deep-fried food to sabotage your diet, the Fair is a chance for local youth and ranchers to showcase their year’s work. The main stage comes alive each night with live bands, headlined by Mogollon on Friday and Snake Oil on Saturday evening. Admission tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for youths and seniors. A free shuttle from the Northern Arizona University campus offers a hassle-free way to enjoy the fair without fighting traffic.

Head to Pine/Strawberry for Arts and Crafts

The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Guild is once again putting on the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown Pine. Located just a short drive north of Payson, Pine offers cool temperatures to go along with a pancake breakfast, juried vendor booths and plenty of other food and beverages. Head north on State Route 87 through Strawberry to get to Forest Road 3, which will provide a scenic drive into Flagstaff if you want to hit both festivals. If you head up on Saturday, stop in at the Payson Farmer’s Market to stock up on all kinds of fresh produce, free range beef and baked goods.

Prescott Offers Faire on the Square

Head to the former state capitol for cool weather and a fun holiday weekend as Prescott offers Faire on the Square under the shade of the large elm trees through the Labor Day weekend. There will be more than 125 arts and crafts vendors displaying their wares, along with plenty of food and entertainment. Take a little extra time and explore the surrounding area before you head home. The Prescott area has miles of popular trails to explore, so pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the weekend.

Remember that the triple digit temperatures have taken their toll on your vehicle, so before you head out it’s important to stop at any Chapman Arizona dealership to check your fluid levels and tire pressure. A moment of prevention is worth an ounce of cure and can keep your holiday weekend dream trip from becoming a nightmare.

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