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This Annual Canal Celebration, spanning 32 consecutive years, represents our recognition of the community, our heritage and the spirit that makes Little Falls a unique place in the Mohawk Valley. Canal Celebration has welcomed thousands of visitors to Little Falls, attending dozens of family oriented community programs, held throughout the week. These programs are made possible through the dedicated efforts, of approximately a hundred plus individuals, representing local Organizations, Businesses and Industries as well as the employees of the City of Little Falls.

The activities speak for themselves, not as a tourist destination, but as a means to showcase Little Falls as a community with vigor and pride. Take a stroll or bring your bike, enjoy our great architecture, parks and friendly neighborhoods or the Canal bike trail. View the escarpments highlighting the gorge, or bring the little ones to catch a fish in the mighty Mohawk. You might see a canal boat locking E17, the highest lift on the NYS Canal System. Spend time at Rotary Park Marina, located on the Erie Canal and Bike Trail, as it plays host to interesting travelers from far away places.

The Original Erie big dig started with a ceremonial 1817 groundbreaking, commencing a 100 year transportation marvel equated as the Internet of its day, simply The Canal That Made America.
Where would we be today, if it were not for that? The NYS Barge Canal opened in 1917, following the original Erie (Albany to Buffalo) route, while incorporating the states natural water ways. (Horse Power replacing Mule Power) The Barge Canal became known as the Erie Canal after 1992. (Marketing Power replacing Horse Power)

2019 Celebration commemorating, Little Falls, New York, as a remarkable place to be.

The week starts with a Community Picnic at Rotary Park Marina with food, water front activities, music, fireworks and neighborly comradery. All were welcome.

Thursday there was a Big Kids Fishing Contest, Youth Pageant, Cross Country Biking, plus a Car show on the Canal.
Friday @ 6 everyone likes a parade. Let the weekend begin:
MVCA Fine Arts
13 Music Venues
LF Museum
Arts and Crafts
Farmers Market
Book Sale
Junk-in the-trunk sale
Girl Entrepreneurs
Family Fun Rides
City Park Displays
Hoops on Main St.
Southside Tour
Youth Fishing
Cross Country biking
Kid Fun Run
Big Kids Fishing
Cross Country Runs
Iron Man Classic
Ethnic Food

Kayaking Lock17
Rock Climbing
Moss Island Tour
Gulf Tournament
Car Show
Great Restaurants

.pdf File , Programs .pdf File and Sponsors .pdf File for 2019 are always welcome!

For additional inform
ation contact: Canal Celebration Chairperson;
Tony DeLuca; Little Falls Family YMCA; (315) 823-1740
Canal Celebration information compiled by volunteer Gary Van Veghten &
the volunteer staff of LittleFallsNY.com
Special Events For The Week
Preview this years Canal Celebration on MyLittleFalls.com
Printable list of Canal Celebration events from CanalCelebration.com
Canal Celebration Music Entertainment -2019
Monday - Sunday 2019
  • Canal Celebration merchant sidewalk sales and special celebration promotions.
  • 32nd Commemorative “T” Shirts, "Celebrating Little Falls", with design by local artist Marc Verri, will be on sale at the Community Co-op and Ward Square Canal Information Booth. ALL SIZES - $15 each. Proceeds to benefit Canal Celebration Entertainment. Shirts produced locally by All-Events Engraving.
  • The Little Falls Historical Society Museum where "Community History Lives", will be open with extended hours all week. Tues, Wed & Thurs: 1-4p, Fri: 10a-6p, Sat: 9a-4p and Sun: 9a-Noon
  • The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, 401 South Ann Street in Canal Place will hold their annual regional juried art exhibit all week long. Free
  • RV "dry camping" overnight sites available. Free parking at two locations; Boat launch area
    at the end of Industrial Park road and Vet's Park parking lot accessed from Loomis Street extension.
  • General Herkimer Home State Historic Site; State Rt. 169 South (near T-way Exit 29 A)
    Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Fee charged for Home tours: Fri.,Sat.,Sun. Free Picnic ground area / Free Parking / Grounds open for free viewing.

Wednesday August 7th
Kick-Off Community Picnic at Rotary Park
Picnic - Pie Sales - Cold Drinks - Fireworks - Music - Free Parking

Grit N Grace Band
6 PM - Dark

Chicken 'N' Ribs BBQ
Sponsored by the L.F Elks; 5 PM -

Food Booth/ Hot Dogs
L.F. Rotary Club 6 - 9 PM

Homemade Pie Social
Sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to benefit Community Outreach Programs and Canal Celebration
5 - 9:00 PM

Meet The Scouts
BSA and Cubs Booths with Scouts
introducing their great Scouting Programs

Harber Celebration

Youth Fun Paddle
Sponsored by the
L.F. Family YMCA

Duck Dash for Prizes
Utica Zoo-Mobile
Sponsored by the Rotary Club

Happy Haggs Dance Troupe

"Thunder On The River" fireworks co-sponsored by ARC of Herkimer

Due to weather conditions, the Little Falls Canal Celebration
"Thunder on the River" Fireworks display, has been rescheduled for
SUNDAY AUGUST 11 at 900 PM in ROTARY PARK, with MUSIC from 8 to 9 PM
by local favorites "ROPE SMOKIN' ROY" and GUESTS.

Thursday Aug 8

Big Kids Adult Fishing Derby
Fish the Mohawk River/Erie Canal between locks 17 & 18
Registration - 4pm; Derby 4 - 8pm from Rotary Park
$5 Entry Fee - Several categories in prizes;
Register on Site

LFHS Class of ’69 - Free - Summer Jam - Open Stage
Moreland Park Pavilion - 12 Noon into the evening - open to the public
Musicians of all ages and genres (rock, blues, bluegrass, jazz, etc.) are welcome!
Bring your instrument, amplifier, microphone, and beverages or have a picnic, if you wish.
A 4-piece Gretsch drumset will be available for guest drummers.
Enjoy an afternoon and evening of friends and music offering the opportunity for stage experience.
Double Dog Dare
LF Watershed - Top Notch Rd. Entrance
6 PM ; Reg. Free; Souvenir Workout Towel $10

5 miles of running; biking the trails on cross country
terrain Individual and Team events. Application
Summer Cruise In Dj & Car Show
Rotary Park Marina 5-8 PM
DJ/ Food/ Parade at 8 PM
Annual Canal Celebration 2019 Youth Pageant
Beauty Pageant 5 pm/5:30 pm - Several Ages - Awards - pre-application required
Benton Hall Academy Auditorium
LF Elks Lodge #42 ---- "Holiday City " at the bar - Burke Park, 7 - 11 pm

Friday Aug 9
Grande Parade 6 PM
5 Divisions - Bands - Floats - Prizes - Trophies - Fun - Application

LF Elks Lodge #42
"Northern Outlaws"
On the Lawn; Burke Park
7 - 11 PM

Legion Post #31
"Jennie And The Buckshot 5"
100 W. Main Street
7 - 11 PM

After the Parade
Food Court - Arts & Crafts - Entertainment - Rides - Ward Square & Albany St.

Feldmeier Equipment
Command Performance
The DeSantis Orchestra
Twin Rivers Paper Corp.

MVCA "Art Show" - Canal Place Vid

Saturday Aug. 10
2019 Iron Man Classic
News & Posters
Rock Climbing Moss Island Canoe/Kayak Tour Mohawk Shore

Annual John Serow Memorial - Youth Fishing Derby
Lock 17 (Under theWind bridge) 8 - 11 AM; Youth's 1-15 yrs w/Adult --- $2.00 fee --- Register on site
The only event held on the water, specifically for Children

Annual YMCA/L. F. Lumber Co. - Freedom Run
- Press Release
Burk Park (YMCA)
8:30 AM - Check in 7:45 AM
10 K, 2 Mile Run and the 2 Mile walk ---T-shirts to first 125 registered - Entry fee $20 - Application

Sheriff Farber's - Kid Fun Run
- Press Release
Noncompetitive half mile run for children up to age 10. Entry free of charge; T-shirt $6.
Burke Park (YMCA)
Check in 9:30 AM; Run 9:45 AM; Start & Finish at YMCA - Application

Southside Walking Tour VI.pdf file
- Growing Up on The Southside  1957 – 1970
Start and end at Rotary Park at 10:30 AM for 2 hour walk down memory lane, South of the tracks
4 - 5 mile guided tour, with moderate to vigorous physical activity; Dress accordingly

Health Booth
Annual Canal Celebration - Golf Tournament
Mohawk Valley Country Club - Benefit Rotary Club Scholarship Program
9 AM Shotgun Start;4 Person Scramble; Individual& Team Application
Pierogi Sale
LF Elks Lodge #42 ---- "Pine Ridge Mountain Band " on the lawn - Burke Park, 7 - 11 pm

American Legion ----- "One Sweet Ride" --------- 91 West Main St., 7 - 11 pm

Saturday & Sunday All Day

- Ward Square -
Food Court
Arts & Crafts Sales .pdf file

- Canal Place -
Chicks Along The Canal


Sunday Aug 11
30th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

Burke Park
21 Classes
Reg. 8 am - Noon - $10
Pre-Reg. $7

Cub Scout Bake Sale

Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places
Best of Show
Car Show Chairmen's Award
Peoples Choice

Food - Music - Vendors
Car Related Vendor Spaces
Information/Entry form
Email: Canaldays@hotmail.com

Chicken & Rib BBQ - NASCAR on wide screen
LF Elks Lodge #42 -------- Burke Park -------- 11 AM - 'till gone

"K O Grainger" --------- 4 - 8 pm
American Legion, 100 West Main Street.

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