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Seneca Falls Canal Fest makes return in August

The Seneca Falls Business Association say that the 5th Annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest will be held from August 20-22.

The Festival, which is held on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca Falls was unable to take place in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’re back, crowd smart and community strong,” said Ann Sandroni the organization’s president and sponsor of the event. The three-day celebration takes place along the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor. As in the past, the festival promises fireworks, rides, vendors, duck race, music, and much more.

The committee chose to hold the Festival in late August this year rather than early July to allow more time for the CDC and NYS to create and issue guidelines for outdoor gatherings. The festival will be held on Friday, Aug. 20th 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday, Aug. 21st 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday, Aug. 22nd 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Featured music for the festival on Friday will be one of the region’s premier show bands, Night Train. The group performs a mix of 60’s and 70’s dance songs.

Saturday night’s big party band will showcase Mixtape specializing in classic rock dancing tunes you want to sing along to. Saturday night’s band will be followed by fireworks.

Amusement Park rides and a Petting Zoo will once again be part of the festival. Craft and food booths will be spread out to allow for safe, comfortable shopping and eating.

Sunday’s big event at 3:00 pm will be the 5th Annual

Canal Fest Duck Race, when 2000 rubber duckies are dropped from the Bridge St. bridge and make their way down the canal to the Ovid St. bridge with coaxing from volunteer kayakers.

“We are still planning and preparing for the Festival and volunteers help to make this type of event a success.” said Sandroni, “It’s not difficult and you’ll have fun. Just send us a message through the Contact page of our website.”

Non-profit organizations, food booths, and Vendors wishing to participate are invited to fill out a Vendor Form also found at https://senecafalls.com/canalfest/



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