Canal festival to highlight entertainment, education
Entertainment and education really can go hand-in-hand.
At least, that's the theme behind this weekend's 31st annual Walnutport Canal Festival.
The two-day event will be held along the historic Lehigh Canal in Walnutport.
Saturday night will showcase Creature Feature Fright night in the pavilion from 7-10 p.m. There is no charge for the movies. Food and hayrides will also be available.
The actual festival itself will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Featured activities include a Victorian fashion show, Pee-Wee the Pig for the kids, hayrides and Clydesdale Pull Wagon Rides, Mike Jones & Co., E.J. The Snake Man, a flax demonstration by Brother Johannes, Dr. Kelly's Medicine Show, and a sheep shearing demonstration by Chris Stitzel.
The list of entertainment that day will include the Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society from 12:30-2:30 p.m., followed by Jay Smar from 3-5 p.m. on the Canal Street Stage; A Might Fine Lines String Band from noon to 6 at 429 S. Canal Street; The Breaker Boys from noon to 6 p.m., followed by the Whitehall Guard Fife & Drum Corps from 2-4 p.m. Strolling; and Jolly Holly the Clown from 1-4 p.m. at the Children's Creativity Corral.
Greg Soltis, committee member, said the festival will exhibit a "full repertoire of education and entertainment."
"We hope that the crowd is big enough, and that we don't have problems in getting any people in here," Soltis said. "We're hoping somebody in that crowd notices the damage caused to the lock immediately in front of the Locktender's House, and can steer us in the right direction to rehab it."
Above all else, Soltis said he hopes the festival is able to "entertain, as well as educate, the people that come."