Hudson -- Labor Day weekend is traditionally the end of summer as school, football and thoughts of an approaching autumn permeate the air .

However, on Aug. 21 from noon to 8 p.m. and Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., something else will be wafting through the Hudson air.

The sights, sounds and smells of the Taste of Hudson will take over downtown for the 10th year in a row.

"The appeal of the event is that there is so much to do, and after 10 years, people know it is a quality experience," said Andrew Malitz, executive director of the event. "Plus, it is a free event, unlike many things out there, and it delivers a lot of value."

More than 20 vendors will share their culinary delights, and more than 60 free musical acts and a variety of other entertainers will delight guests on six sponsored stages. Taste samples will be available for $2 to $5 from a variety of vendors.

Proceeds from this year's annual two-day event will benefit Akron Children's Hospital School Health Services.

Last year more than 35,000 visitors attended the Taste of Hudson, according to organizers, and more than $300,000 has been raised for local non-profit organizations.

"Taste of Hudson is a phenomenal example of how a good idea can grow, flourish and develop into something powerful when people work together," Malitz said of the event which began as a Leadership Hudson project.

"In the last 10 years, it has become a well-regarded regional event and is a Labor Day weekend tradition for locals and visitors," he added.

Malitz and his staff are hoping for an even bigger crowd than last year's 35,000, he said.

"We're always hoping for more people to learn about this Labor Day weekend option," Malitz said. "This event is perfect for families, because moms and dads can enjoy food from their favorite local establishments, works of art, a car show and many other things, while children have plenty to keep them engaged."

Taste of Hudson helps celebrate the community as well as introduces visitors and guests to the city.

"People come to Taste of Hudson and realize how much there is to do and see," Malitz said. "Hopefully, they come back for a night out, an art show, a shopping trip... whatever it is that brings them back to town contributes to our economic development."

However, organizers also feel the event serves another important purpose.

"It is also worth noting that giving back to the community and supporting non-profit organizations has always been, and will continue to be, part of our mission," Malitz said. "Giving back and supporting great causes is reflective of the community of Hudson and its residents. We are proud to be Hudsonites and love to show off our community."

The event will kick-off with an opening day which will begin in front of the Hudson Library and Historical Society and wind down to First Street and the Suncrest Gardens State where Mayor William Currin will give a welcome address.

Residents of Landsberg, Germany, Hudson's sister city, will also be on hand for the parade and event.

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