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Walnutport Canal Festival offers exhibits, food for visitors

Good music, homemade food and welcoming attractions are what the Walnutport Canal Festival had to offer Sunday afternoon.

“We’ve got 100 exhibits, lots of animals and the festival is a great thing for everyone in the area,” festival volunteer Greg Soltis said.

Soltis has volunteered at the festival for more than 20 years and said, “Each year is better than the last.”

Local residents enjoyed the sweet smell of funnel cakes as they walked around the beautiful view of the canal.

Vendors offered everything from baked goods to fishing poles.

The weather was a concern in previous days but fortunately the radar showed no signs of rain Sunday afternoon.

“We were sweating bullets as the rain was approaching, but everything seems to have dried up and is going fine,” Soltis said.

Members of the Lehigh Valley Folk Society set up a stage surrounded by stalks of corn and played folk music for the community.

Food was offered in every part of the festival offering snacks such as pulled pork, candy apples and funnel cakes.

Soltis mentioned there also were many animals around the festival.

While many people brought their dogs with them Sunday there were also horses, snakes and even an exhibit with baby crocodiles.

On Saturday, the first day of the Canal Festival, many people joined the planning committee for the annual kayak race down the canal.

The canal festival also offered many activities for children.

There were all kinds of things to keep the kids entertained such as pumpkin carving and a blow-up bounce house.

While adults grabbed a bite to eat and enjoyed some live music, their kids and pets had many activities at the Walnutport Canal Festival, which proved again to be a great way to spend the day.

Antique cars are on display at the Canal Festival in Walnutport on Sunday. CODY GROHOTOLKSI/TIMES NEWS