Details were announced at this year’s Canal Fest in the Tonawandas.
This year’s festivities run from Sunday through July 24 — with a few changes.
Organizers said Thursday that “delays and setbacks in changes to the reconfiguration of the event campus, determined by a newly designed park space in Tonawanda and the lack of sponsorship funding for the event, have almost canceled the 39th edition of this largest and longest exterior. festival along the banks of the Erie Barge Canal.
Opening ceremonies begin at noon on Sunday from the Renaissance Bridge which connects the two towns of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda. There will be a cannon firing ceremony signifying the opening of the Erie Barge Canal in 1825!
“We may look a little different this year, but almost everything will be back,” said a statement on Canal Fest. “Food, Live Music, Rides and Games, Wednesday Night Car Cruise, Friday Night Motorcycle Cruise, Saturday SIKA CUP Boat Race, Arts & Crafts Show Two Day Weekend July 23 and 24 and the most spectacular fireworks display on the canal on closing Sunday will be back. . . Unfortunately, Tuesday night’s parade will not be back this year, due to lack of sponsorship funding.
The organizers further stated, “Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, Inc. is a 100% volunteer, non-profit, 503 (C) 1 NYS Corporation. Due to the pandemic, we struggled like most volunteer groups, but we managed to bring this great community event back, so that participating nonprofits can give back to this community in which it happens.
Visit www.CanalFest.org for a list of all events and activities.