Cooler weather draws crowds to Labor Day events
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A sudden burst of nice weather gave the Labor Day holiday some extra punch, as people around St. Louis flocked toward anything outdoors.
At the St. Louis Zoo, long lines were forming around the penguin exhibit, and it wasn’t just because of the weather. This was the penguins’ last day on display until 2015 so a new polar bear exhibit can be constructed next door.
“They’ll be in the same building where they are currently, but they’ll just be off display to the general public,” the Zoo’s Jeff Ettling said.
Meanwhile in the Central West End, the St. Nicolas Greek Festival was also packed to the gills, with hundreds lining up just to get into the tent where the popular gyro sandwiches were being sold.
Organizers say the change in weather was a blessing after a hot then rainy Sunday, and a scorching 100+ degree Saturday had them worrying.
“We were a little concerned. Our lines weren’t too long. We were thankful for the patrons that did appear,” Carol Kamburis said of Saturday. “We knew that today would be the pick day. Thank God everybody came out.”