Walnutport Canal Festival this weekend
A weekend filled with autumn activities is on tap in Walnutport.
The 30th annual Walnutport Canal Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday along the historic Lehigh Canal in Walnutport.
Sponsored by the Walnutport Canal Association, the festival will once again have its share of ghosts, ghouls and goblins, according to Marilyn Kaul, vice president, canal association.
Friday and Saturday will feature the widely popular Haunted Woods from 6-10 p.m. There will also be Stories in the Locktender's House, as well as hayrides at the Canal Association Pavilion both nights.
The 6K Towpath Trot starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with registration from 8-9:15 a.m. at the Locktender's House. A fun run for those 13 years and younger will start at 9 a.m., with registration from 8-8:45 a.m.
On Sunday, the annual canal festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 24. Admission and parking are free, with free parking available in the Diamond Fire Company parking lot and the former Paris Accessoreis parking lot. There is no public parking along the canal, or in the canal's parking lot.
Entertainment on the main stage Sunday will include Little Brass Band of the Lehigh Valley (noon to 1:30 p.m.); The Forgotten Mountain Boys (2-3:30 p.m.); and Poormouth (4-5:30 p.m.).
Also, A Mighty Fine Lines String Band at 429 S. Canal Street, will perform from noon to 6 p.m., Kevin Hoppes from 1-3 p.m., and the Breaker Boys strolling from noon to 6 p.m. in the pavilion area.
In addition, Jolly Holly the Clown will be at the Kids Corral from 1-4 p.m. Other activities will include pumpkin decorating, pick-a-pop, Great Duck Race, and old-time games.
Kaul said 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, Locktender House tours, a historical fashion show, a 30th Anniversary display of festival memorabilia, antique cars and tractors, and 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.
Along with the many organization that will provide refreshments, the Walnutport Canal Association will also serve food from the Association's pavilion.
For more information on the haunted woods, call (610) 698-8530; for the race, call (610) 737-3900; and for the festival, call (610) 760-9906, or (610) 216-1130, or visit http://walnutportcanalassociation.tripod.com. Facebook users can search Walnutport Canal Festival.