Busy Labor Day Weekend Includes Good Food, Music, Pirates And Football

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A lot of people are hitting the road during this Labor Day weekend.

One survey says holiday travel is up 10 percent from last year, but you don’t have to leave town to find something fun to do this long, holiday weekend.

The aromas of the North Shore are like a magnet drawing you in. The vendors at the Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival take delight in showing off their grill-side talents.

KDKA’s John Shumway: “So, what’s the secret here, Peaches?”

“Twenty-eight ingredients,” said Peaches, of Ribbins Barbeque. “It’s the sauce. I saw that couple walking by, and said, ‘that meat looks dry,’ so I put some sauce on it. The sauce makes the difference.”

While Peaches and her son and grandchildren come from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, many of the barbecue experts come from as far away as Texas and the Carolinas.

“I got the brisket over mac and cheese and some mild sauce, and it was pretty good,” said Marcy McConnell, of Grove City.

A line up of stars will also be gracing the stage over the weekend, starting with The Clarks, who were one of the first acts to perform on Friday night, collecting donations for the flood victims in Connellsville.

At the other end of the North Shore, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers are playing a weekend series at PNC Park.

Also, it’s back to the stadiums for high school families for another season of Friday night lights.

Then, when the Pitt Panthers come out of the tunnel at Heinz Field on Saturday, it will mark the return of running back James Conner, who battled cancer last season.

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Meanwhile, on Babcock Boulevard this weekend, it’s the annual Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Taste of Greece food festival.

From the gyros to baklava, every imaginable Greek taste is there to tantalize you and help raise money for the church’s ministries.

“Just makes you feel good that the whole church is here and they do so much for the neighborhood, it’s a good time and good food,” said Adrian Wilcox, of McCandless.

For Holy Trinity, it’s a fundraiser and chance to welcome old friends.

“I think it’s just the spirit, the flavor, the excitement and people are just really attracted to it,” said Fr. John Touloumes, of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

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