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Families find ways to play on Labor Day

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With no work or school, many families in the Pikes Peak region enjoyed their day off having fun at community events, including one that celebrates the early days of America's favorite pass time. The Labor Day Vintage Baseball Game is a crowd favorite at Rock Ledge Ranch.

While the rules of the game are similar to today, some of the names may sound a bit strange. Crowds of "cranks" cheer on their favorite "ballist" as they try and score "aces" out on the diamond. Meanwhile, girls in Victorian dresses sell peanuts and popcorn while kids sip sarsaparilla while watching the game.

"I like old time, I like the history of it, I like the ranch," said Tamela Velare.  "I like the Women's Suffrage movement, I like when Abe Lincoln comes out. So, it's pretty cool to take a walk back in history."

It's not just the love of history that brings her family back year after year. Her son is one of the players.

"He loves it, he looks forward to it every year and this year is the first year he's a dad being out here and he's on the team with his dad. So, something they enjoy together."

Spending time together comes easy at the 48th Annual Labor Day Fall Festival in Fountain. The day begins with a pancake breakfast followed by a parade down Main Street and over Metcalf Park where dozens of food vendors and musicians wait to feed and entertain the hungry crowd.

Firefighter Joy Brooks walked in the parade with her children.

"Especially with all the stuff that's been going on, and with Texas and everything, just getting to see people have smiles on their faces ... this is a lot of fun," she said. 

Ten year old Sean Mann and his friend Noah Gomez compete in BMX bicycle races. Their club rode bikes down the parade route.

"It's fun," Mann said. "I was kind of nervous at first, but once I got out there I realized it's just fun.

It's been a busy weekend for chef Nathan Valle of Trendy Concessions. He split his time today selling barbecue and ribbon fries to guests at the Labor Day Liftoff in Memorial Park and the Fall Festival in Fountain.

"I grew up here in Fountain," Valle said. "So, I like giving back to the community down here, I mean it's a lot of good people here."

Even though Labor Day has its roots in celebrating work, its obvious from these events that locals know how play on their extra day off.

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