Walnutport Canal in Walnutport will be a busy place Sunday with the 31st annual Walnutport Canal Festival from noon to 6 p.m.
According to Everett Kaul, president of the Walnutport Canal Association, the event is in its 31st year. While the first 15 festivals were small, the event has grown to encompass Canal Street and most of Lehigh Street, from the Locktenders House south.
Tomorrow's events linep includes some familiar faces and displays as well as some new ones.
Returning will be Larry Hillborn with displays of antiques, Jacobsburg Historical Society with a display of rifles, the ever popular Ed Yandrisovitz with his snakes, Y Knot Alpacas and the Lehigh Valley Zoo with the Birds of Prey.
There will be slate cutting demonstrations, live entertainment, including the Northern Legion High School Theater Group performing porch shows every half-hour at 429 S. Canal Street, plus historic displays, and a visit by Abe Lincoln. There will be canoe rides, casting contest, live animals, including Clydesdale horses, pot belly pigs and more. The Locktenders House will also be open for tours.
A new feature this year is The Wash House, a display of antique washers and related items by Joan and Bob Green, Metro Leshak with a pictorial display of the raising of the Canal Boat 249 from a quarry in Northampton at the Tri Boro Rod and Gun Club and Constance Andrews will be demonstrating her talent of Scherenschnitte (paper cutting).
Fourteen local civic and church groups will help the Canal Association cater to visitors' appetitites with such favorites as haluski, halupkies, hot dogs, hamburgers, soup and much more.
There will be a basket auction at the canal pavilion. You need not be present to win.
Major sponsors of the festival are the Lehigh Valley Regional Council of the D&L Trail Alliance and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Foundation.