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.

Canal Celebration turns 32 this year (2019). Thirty-two successive, independently funded years promoting and supporting a full week of community activities, presented by volunteers characterizing the entire community. A living collaboration of Government, Citizenry and their Organizations.

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)

Our 2018 Celebration Commemorated the Little Falls Hospital 125 years, serving the medical needs of the Community, Eastern Mohawk Valley and the Erie Canal, thru which it passes.

The week started 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

Volunteers .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

Special Events For The Week

Monday - Sunday 2018
  • Canal Celebration merchant sidewalk sales and special celebration promotions.
  • Commemorative “T” Shirts sponsored by Adirondack Bank on sale (Pre-Event) at Shops at 25 West in Canal Place; and at the Community Co-op, Downtown during the Celebration, shirts will also be on sale at the Canal Info Booth in Eastern Park. ALL SIZES - $15 each. Shirts produced locally by All-Events Engraving.
  • The Little Falls Historical Society Museum will feature tours plus major exhibits of 50's and 60's Urban Renewal Projects, Vietnam era exhibits, and Myjava, Slovakia, Little Falls Sister City. 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.

Canal Celebration Free Shuttle Bus Service – Sat: Noon-5 PM, Sun: Noon-4 PM with Stops at:
Canal Place, Downtown, Ward Square (Eastern Park), Burke Park and Rotary Park Marina.
Shuttle compliments of the Little Falls City School District.


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

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
6 - 9:00 PM

Funnel Cakes,
Snow Cones & Lemonade

Benefits Canal Celebration Activities.

Harber Celebration
Grande Fireworks - 9 pm

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

Duck Dash for Prizes
Sponsored by the Rotary Club

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Little Falls Youth Football 6-9 PM

Thursday Aug 8


Big Kids Adult Fishing Derby
Fish the Mohawk River/Erie Canal between locks 17 & 18
Reg. 3 - 4pm; Derby 4 - 8pm from Rotary Park
$5 Entry Fee - Several categories in prizes; Register on Site

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 - Inn Car Show
Rotary Park Marina 5-8 PM
DJ/ Food/ Parade at 8 PM

Annual Canal Celebration 2018 Youth Pageant - pending
Beauty Pageant 5 pm/5:30 pm - Several Ages - Awards - pre-application required
Benton Hall Academy Auditorium

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

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

Legion Post #31 - 91 W. Main Street

7 - 11 PM; Food at Noon

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
Video Gaming Tournament - Community Center - Main Street
Basketball Competition on Main Street.

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

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

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

Growing Up on the Southside #3; 1957-1970 - Walking tour into the past!

Start and end at Ann St. Deli 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
Pierogi Sale
LF Elks Lodge #42 ---- "pending" on the lawn - Burke Park, 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

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

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

pending --------- 4:30 - 8:30 pm
American Legion, 100 West Main Street.

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