Akron celebrates the Labor Day weekend with festivals and food.
The Highland Square neighborhood kicked off the Labor Day weekend fun with Saturday's SquareFest.
The annual festival meant West Market Street in Highland Square was filled with vendors, food and people instead of cars.
Well, there was one car...a vintage 1948 Packard displayed by a Packard descendant.
It's being restored by young people at the Packard Institute nearby in Highland Square, says founder/CEO Raynard Packard from the institute meant to help teenagers and young adults recover from substance abuse.
Janet Merideth lives in the neighborhood with her husband Rick...it's all about the art for her...
"I always like to see the artwork by people who are displaying their things," Janet tells AkronNewsNow.com. "They're beautiful."
Ryan Hartschuh is part of a group aiming to bring a Children's Museum to Akron.
"We're selling T-shirts, we've got bubble exhibits, we've got a planetarium in the Highland Theatre," Hartschuh says. "We're looking for kids to come and have a good time, and we're looking for feedback from parents and grandparents as to what the museum should look like."
But even with such a mission, Hartschuh was also taking in SquareFest.
"The burgers and the lemonade have been great, the weather has been beautiful out here," says Hartschuch, "and the kids love the train."
Food was in abundance, including a pizza "cook-off" and beverages included a beer garden.
Speaking of food, some 20 food trucks participated in the Akron area's largest Food Truck Roundup at Fairlawn's Bicentennial Park all day Sunday, an event which packed nearby parking lots and which organizers estimated drew over 10,000 hungry people.
Akron area trucks were joined from trucks from the Cleveland area to the delight of those in the packed park.
Ashley Cadaret's side of the picnic table was sushi-laden.
"Some asparagus tempura sushi," Ashley describes to AkronNewsNow.com, "and some regular veggie sushi, and a sushi burrito, we were a little into sushi today."
Across the table, it was taco time.
"We got these tacos, which are what, calibritas, which is what I believe they were called," Mike Cadaret describes his side of the table, "Zucchini, and guacamole, and mexican cheese, and other sauteed vegetables."
Then, Joyce Gerber went for the barbeque.
"We had the ribs from the Pig Lickin' Good Barbecue, it looks like they were from out of Cleveland," Gerber tells us. "They were delicious."
"I am eating the chicken wrap", says Donna Sledz, "with bacon, and vegetables and barbecue sauce."
Many came from Fairlawn itself, many from Akron and other Akron suburbs, and others from as far away as Chicago and Rochester, New York - even if it was just a stop to visit a local friend on the way home.
Very occasional rain hardly dampened the eaters' spirits...of more concern to them was that some of the trucks ran out of food as soon as 3 PM, due to the long lines of patrons.
Ashley Cadaret is from Akron's Highland Square neighborhood. She says she loves local food, no matter how it comes to her.
"We love local food and we love all the local restaurants", she says. "We have a lot in Highland Square, but to have more would be great."
But her friend Melanie Wagner admits that though she loves getting food from food trucks, they aren't exactly an option for a large chunk of the year in Akron for one big reason.
"The weather's not always going to allow for you to eat at a food truck, so brick and mortar restaurants are safe."