This past week we were at the 34th annual Canal Fest in Tonawanda! This festival touches base with all ages and has something for everyone, while bringing the community all together for a beautiful week in July every year. Each day had different events going on, including live music all week. There are scheduled events daily for kids of all ages stretching from obstacle courses to kickball!
This year’s Canal Fest started off on Sunday with opening ceremonies, as well as a chalk art contest. On Monday there was a talent show which was later in the evening, followed by a Canal Fest parade on Tuesday. Wednesday was the 18th annual car cruise. All of Main Street gets blocked off for dozens of classical cars to be shown off! The car cruise is also used as a food drive, all participants are asked to donate nonperishable items. There was a Diaper derby held by the DeGraff Memorial Hospital, and later in the evening Canal Fest held the 30th Annual “Tim Frank Memorial”, a four mile run. Friday was the 11th annual Bike Cruise, which is also held on Main Street, and also participates in the food drive. Saturday, Main Street turns into an art show where local artists show off and sell their artwork. Later that evening there was a boat race! Teams built their own boats and raced them down the Canal. Finally, Canal Fest ended on Sunday July 24th, with a grand finale fireworks show.
On top of all these events going on daily, there are also several carnival rides for all ages. They had many local food vendors set up throughout canal fest so there was no going hungry. Later in the evening, there is a beer tent for adults and the band plays until 11pm at the Gateway Stage at the Water. Along the canal, boaters dock their boats and walk around enjoying the festivities. With temperatures in the 90’s almost the whole week Canal Fest was the perfect summer activity providing entertainment, activities, food and the beautiful waterfront view of the Erie Canal!