REFLECTING ON SUCCESS: Organizers excited for Canal Fest 2018

Seneca Falls Canal Fest is here to stay.

Despite the deluge of rain on Friday night, the Canal Fest surpassed last year’s total visitation.

It doubled the number of boats with more than 40 boats docking and mooring in the Seneca Falls Harbor and its focal event, the Aquacade Watercraft Parade, increased in participation as well as in its entertainment.

The Seneca Falls Business Association (SFBA) served as the organizer of the festivities and provided food & entertainment throughout the three day festival. Ann Sandroni, SFBA President said, “We are very pleased with the success of this year’s event. We enjoyed the increase in local restaurant, local craft beverage, and local downtown business participation. Our goal has always been to promote our local businesses and organizations and to give all of our visitors the opportunity to see, taste, and feel what Seneca Falls has to offer. It is truly becoming the Seneca Falls Canal Fest!”

This year’s Canal Fest included Amusement Rides & Midway, Petting Zoo, Zip Line, the 16th Annual Women’s Right 2 Rock (WR2R) Music Festival, Cornhole Tournaments, Venders of all kinds, Craft Beverages, Community Stage for Demonstrations, Performances, and Presentations, Boats & Watercraft, T-Shirt Designing Contests, Duck Race, Fireworks, and Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations from the Corning Museum of Glass’ (CMoG) GlassBarge.

The glass ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off the Canal Fest on Friday with Ann Sandroni making the ceremonial cut at CMoG’ GlassBarge and then the free WR2R Music Fest began to rock throughout the 3 days. On Saturday, the Aquacade Watercraft Parade entertained the crowds with decorated and non-decorated watercraft floating through the Canal Harbor with the YA-Ya Girls retaining their Grand Champion honors.

Saturday night finished off with an extravaganza of Fireworks launched from Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls. Sunday offered the announcements of the T-Shirt Designing Contest winners and closing down the Canal Fest was the exciting 2nd Annual Harry Liddell Duck Race. Close to 1,500 Ducks were launched from the bridge on Bridge Street by a group of “Duck Chuckers” as the crowd counted outload for the initial splash down. Ducks raced down the waterway, assisted by a gaggle of “Duck Wranglers”, to the finish line at the bridge on Ovid Street.

The Duck Race offered over $2,500 in cash & prizes which were distributed to 28 lucky winners. $1,000 was received by the grand prize winner, Robert Hed, and $100 going to Susan Souhan for the last and loneliest Duck to cross the finish line.

Dennis Scannell, Canal Fest organizer added, “With the significant increase in participation and visitation, this Fest has established itself as one of the top celebrations in the Finger Lakes. The fireworks are off-the-hook and are unmatched in our area, the Aquacade is picking up interest and becoming an event that more people want to participate in, the Canal Harbor, aka The Wall, was filled up with our local boating community as well as boaters from Sodus to Watkins Glen, and the food was outstanding! There was something for everyone and the smiles and laughter showed that the Canal Fest in Seneca Falls is a great place to be.”

The Canal Fest committee, Ann Sandroni, Becky Bly, Chris Podzuweit, Sheila Giovannini, and Dennis Scannell, would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers, businesses, organizations, and all who visited for making this year’s Canal Fest so successful. See you at next year’s Canal Fest so mark your calendars and make your plans to visit us on July 6th, 7th, & 8th, 2018!

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