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Walnutport Canal Festival announces dates

Published October 12. 2009 05:00PM

The Walnutport Canal Association is sponsoring its annual weekend of autumn activities on Oct. 16, 17 and 18 along the historic Lehigh Canal in Walnutport.

Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 evenings will feature the annual Haunted Woods from 7 to 10 p.m. There is an admission fee - preschoolers will be admitted free. The public is also invited to stop by for great food, hayrides at the Canal Association Pavilion, or storytelling at the Locktender's House. The Haunted Woods features a walk at your own pace along a candle lit wooded path surrounding you with ghoulish surprises.

On Saturday, Oct. 17 the 6K Towpath Trot starts at 9:30 a.m. with registration from 8-9:15 a.m. at the Locktender's House. There is a registration fee for participants. A fun run for those 13 years and younger starts at 9 a.m. with registration from 8-8:45 a.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 18 the annual canal festival will be held from 12-6 p.m. Admission is free, as is parking. Free parking for the canal festival is available in the Diamond Fire Company parking lot and the former Paris Accessories parking lot. There is no public parking along the canal or in the canal's parking lot.

The festival includes great food, fun and entertainment from 12-6 p.m. Entertainment includes Tom Ruch, minstrel from 12-1:30 p.m., The Forgotten Mountain Boys 2-3:30 p.m. and Jay Smar, 4-5:30 p.m. Also, Mighty Fine Line String Band, The Breaker Boys, Tom Ruch and Ken Purcell and sons (fife and drum) will be strolling the grounds. Holly Jolly the Clown will be at the Kids Corral from 1-4 p.m.

Kids Corral activities will include Holly Jolly the Clown 1-4 p.m. along with pumpkin decorating, pick-a-pop, Great Duck Race, old-time games and caricatures by 2009 Canal Festival Poster designer by Corey Reifinger,

Festival visitors can enjoy displays from many local historical societies as well as demonstrations such as Lehigh Valley Zoo Birds of Prey, Lenni Lenape Culture, Carbon County Friends of Animals, equestrian demonstrations, Locktender House tours, an art and artifact museum, antique cars and tractors, crafters and a display on Native American culture.

For the safety of all festival participants and visitors, no bicycles or skateboards will be permitted on festival grounds. While there will be animal displays at the festival, visitors are kindly asked not to bring their own pets with the exception of required guide dogs.

In addition to the many organization that will provide refreshments, the Walnutport Canal Association will also be serving food from the Association's pavilion.

For more information on the haunted woods, call 610-698-8530; on the race, call 610-737-3900; and on the festival, call 610-760-9906 or 610-216-1130 or visit our website at. Facebook users can search Walnutport Canal Festival.

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