CLEVELAND - The 98th annual St. Rocco's Greasy Pole Climb takes place on Labor Day at 2:00 p.m. in the church parking lot off of Fulton Road in Cleveland.
Volunteers greased up a telephone pole Monday morning. This afternoon, roughly a dozen teams of five people will attempt to climb to the top. The first team to touch one of the flags at the top will win a $1,000 prize.
The competition is a longstanding tradition at St. Rocco's, which stems from an old Italian ritual. The attraction draws a huge crowd of several hundred people each year.
Proceeds from the festival benefit St. Rocco Church and School.
In addition to the competition, outside food stands, rides and games are open from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday.
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