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Canal Fest is approaching quickly

TONAWANDA/NORTH TONAWANDA - The month of June often kicks off the beginning of festival season in Western New York. Whether it is the Renaissance Fair, the Italian Festival in Buffalo, or Canal Fest in the Tonawandas, festival goers often plan their vacation time and family get togethers’ around the dates of local festivals.

Attending these festivals each year becomes a tradition in different families, it’s something many look forward to attending with their family and friends.

This year, the Tonawandas will hold its 31st annual Canal Fest celebration, which will commence July 14 and continue through July 21. With that will begin the Tim Frank Four Mile Run, which is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14.

The following events are also scheduled to take place during the festival:

• The Canal Fest Parade will be held July 16.

•A Car Cruise will take place at 4 p.m. July 17 on Webster Street.

•Diaper Derby, which was coordinated by DeGraff Hospital Volunteers and Marybeth Kupiec, will take place Thursday, July 18.

•And a Bike Cruise will start at 4 p.m. Friday, July 19, with a band starting at 7 p.m., playing no later than 10:30 p.m.

Among other events at Canal Fest is the Craft Show, which will be held July 20 and 21. And finally, like tradition holds, the festival will come to an end with a gorgeous display of fireworks the evening of Sunday, July 21.

This event is considered to be one of the largest and longest running events held in the Tonawandas. The festival not only brings in a significant amount of revenue for the area, but more importantly residents look forward to the excitement it brings with it each year.

That excitement, and of course the safety of residents, is what committee members focus of when planning such a large event. There will be plenty of security provider this year for the event and a first aid tent, manned by local fire departments, for those in need of assistance throughout the eight days.

For the second year in a row, the City of Tonawanda has decided to close its side of the festival down one-hour earlier that usually expected, and will be closing at 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. This is said to have been decided with the safety of residents in mind. North Tonawanda will still remain open until 11 p.m.

Although the festival is still one month away, it is approaching rapidly with just the final details left to apply.

Show your support this summer and head down to the canal to enjoy the festivities.

In addition to the festival events, on the first day of Canal Fest - July 14 - the band, Tea Party, will be playing at 5 p.m. at Gratwick Park. Stop by both locations to get a taste of all the entertainment the Tonawandas have to offer.
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