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2018-07-11 / Front Page

Canal Fest returns for 36th year this weekend

by ALAN RIZZO Editor

Aiming to bring peace, friendship and harmony, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas will be back for a 36th year starting this Sunday and running through Sunday, July 22.

The popular festival features live music, food and beer, carnival rides, and a host of events for residents and visitors to enjoy.

All of the festival’s popular events will be back again this year, including the Chalk-It-Up street art contest and vintage fire truck muster on July 15; Canal Fest Parade on July 17; Car Cruise on July 18; Tim Frank Memorial 4-Miler Run and Diaper Derby on July 19; Webster Street Bike Cruise on July 20; Sika Cup boat-building contest and race on July 21; and the two-day arts and crafts show on July 21 and 22.

This year’s festival will also feature three days of “Festimpics” for children ages 4 through 13, which will be held in Payne Park, 848 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, on July 16, 17 and 19. Some events children can compete in include jumbo cup stacking, a potato sack race, water balloon shot put and a water bucket challenge.

Some food selections this year, which will be served up along the Erie Canal on Young and Sweeney streets, include sugar waffles from Columbia Hook and Ladder No. 1, pulled pork sandwiches from the Inner Harbor Yacht Club, souvlaki from Holy Protection Orthodox Church and Italian sausages from the Renaissance Club of North Tonawanda, among many others. Beer will be served by Sweeney Hose Company No. 7.

Live music this year will feature numerous local acts, some of which include Russ Vesci and Texas Revolver, the Ramblin’ Lou Family Band, Black Widow, Buffalo 1st Lady of Rock, Busted Stuff, West of the Mark, Reset 2 Vinyl and Denzel Ward & Cool Platinum.

Opening ceremonies for this year’s festival will commence at noon July 15 on the Renaissance Bridge. The festival will conclude in the same location at dusk on July 22, with “grand finale” fireworks.

According to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, presale individual ride tickets will not be available this year, but individual tickets will be for sale at midway ticket booths during Canal Fest.

To save on ride prices, visit www.canalfest.org/rides-1/ to purchase presale pay-one-price ride bracelets for $22. Presale bracelets will be sold on the Canal Fest website until 3 p.m. Sunday. They are also available for purchase at www.carrouselmuseum.org.

Bracelets will also be sold for $25 each on the midway from July 16 through 22 when rides are open. They are good on all rides on the day they are purchased, with the exception of the Speed, which will require an additional ticket or two.

Presale ride bracelet vouchers can also be purchased at the following locations:

• Tops Friendly Markets, 890 Young St., City of Tonawanda

• Tops Friendly Markets, 150 Niagara St., City of Tonawanda

• Tops Friendly Markets, 301 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda

• Market in the Square in Budwey’s Plaza, 535 Division St., North Tonawanda

• Lane Jewelers, 28 Seymour St., City of Tonawanda.

• Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda

Powers Great American Midways will once again be providing rides and the midway, and a percentage of proceeds from ride tickets sold will benefit the daily operation of the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum.

To learn more about ticket pricing, call the museum at 693-1885. For a full schedule of festival events and other information on Canal Fest 2018, visit www.canalfest.org/.

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