Summer's Last Hurrah: Festivals around central Ohio during labor day weekend

44th Annual Greek Festival in downtown Columbus

It's here. Labor Day Weekend, the traditional end to the "summer travel season."

When does summer really end? Depends who you ask.

Astronomically speaking, fall doesn't actually become official until September 22 this year (the Autumnal Equinox) but we sure got an early taste of it today.

There's also "Meteorological fall," which does start on the first of September and runs through the end of November. Here's an interesting link explaining the difference.

Regardless, Labor Day is typically the last day most community pools are open and it used to be the last summer holiday before the start of school. Not so much anymore, given that most districts are well back into the swing of things.

Even Ohio State University students are back to the books.

It's also a time for some great festivals.

Among the highlights right now is the 44th Annual Greek Festival in downtown Columbus. Opa! And while the weather will start off a little damp and dreary, things perk up late Saturday and by Labor Day itself, we're downright toasty again with highs well into the 80s.

Meanwhile, in Fairfield County, it's friends, Fairfield Countians, countrymen, lend me an ear... of corn, that is. This weekend is the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival. Always a tasty way to celebrate the waning days of summer. And while it's a bit more of a trek, it's an annual tradition for many.

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival
Millersport Sweet Corn Festival
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This weekend marks the start of the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, which is down in Warren County. They have a ton of themed weekends planned and it runs through October. You can travel back to 16th Century England. The enduring images in my mind are the jousting and those ginormous turkey legs.

Ohio Renaissance Festival
Ohio Renaissance Festival
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Whatever you pick, and maybe it's just a roadie to grandma's or a staycation, enjoy the last extended weekend of summer.

Weather-wise, things are looking up for the second half of the weekend.