Canal Days continue

More than 100 craft vendors expected

More than 100 craft vendors expected

August 25, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

WILLIAMSPORT - For 28 years, C&O Canal Days has drawn crowds to Williamsport.

This weekend, the community festival continues bringing craft vendors, Civil War re-enactors and music performers to Byron Memorial Park and Cushwa Basin. Members of the National Park Service will talk about the history of the canal and demonstrate how the lock system works.

C&O Canal Days "is about all the people and organizations that make up the town of Williamsport," says Elissa Slayman, chairwoman of the event.

One of the biggest components of the annual event is the craft show set up in Byron Memorial Park. More than 100 craft vendors from all over the East Coast take part in the weekend event.


"The crafters that come here say that our show is one of the best ones on the East Coast," Slayman says. Crafters range from jewelers to woodcrafters to watercolor artists.

There will be two special events over the weekend.

On Sunday, a restored 1929 firetruck will be rededicated into the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Department fleet.

Also on Sunday, Canal Days organizers invite members of all the Red Hat Clubs in Washington County to come to the event dressed in red hat attire. Members who register at 2 p.m. will be judged on their hats and overall appearance. Prizes will be awarded.

Dozens of vendors will sell food, including crab cakes, chicken, barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob, Slayman says. Multiple Williamsport nonprofit organizations also use the event as a fundraiser by sponsoring food booths, she says.

National Park Service rangers will offer short walks along the canal and demonstrations at Lock 44.

The old trolley building will be open with historical displays and exhibits.

The C&O Canal Museum at 139 W. Potomac St. will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A trolley will provide rides for $1 to the canal basin. Children 5 and younger may ride the trolley for free.

If you go ...

WHAT: C&O Canal Days

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28

WHERE: Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport

COST: Free

DIRECTIONS: Take U.S. 11 southwest toward Williamsport. Once in Williamsport, turn left onto Springfield Lane. Signs will direct you to the free parking area.

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