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Canal Apple Days begins this weekend

September 14, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - Started 30 years ago by the Hancock Grange, Canal Apple Days will kick off this weekend with a variety of activities for all ages.

Sponsored by the Hancock Lions Club since the mid 1980s, the festivities are highlighted by the Grand Parade which will begin Saturday at 11 a.m.

"There will be 60 to 70 units in the parade which is always a big draw," said Ron Kerns, secretary of the Lions and one of the organizers.

The parade will proceed from the Park 'n Dine Restaurant through town to Widmeyer Park.

The park will be the site of vendors, arts and crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. From noon to 2 p.m., there will be entertainment by Fossil & Co.

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Tri-State Big Band will perform from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and DJ Scorpion is on from 4 to 6 p.m.

Fossil & Co. will also play for the Canal Apple Festival dance at the Hancock American Legion from 9 p.m. to midnight.

"This is not a money maker for the Lions," said President James "Red" Smith. "We do it as a community activity."

Smith added that the club spends about $2,500 on prizes and gets a lot of help from the Hancock Lioness Club.

On Sunday, there will be more vendors, arts, crafts and music.

Grassy Ridge will be playing from noon to 3 p.m. at the park.

A baby contest - always a popular feature - will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

From 1 to 5 p.m., there will be antiques and a classic car show. Then from 3:15 to 5 p.m., The Hancock United Methodist Praise Band will perform.

Parking and admission are free.

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