Visitors enjoy shopping and music during C&O Canal Days in Williamsport

August 24, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU |
  • Lead singer Hailee Mooneyham, 13, belts out a rock song Saturday during C&O Canal Days fair at Byron Park in Williamsport. She is a student at Evolution Rock School and the band of students call themselves "Haht."
By Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — The streets of downtown Williamsport were packed Saturday with people enjoying offerings from an assortment of vendors as the town celebrated its annual C&O Canal Days.

Visitors gulped fresh-squeezed lemonade as children watched a puppet show, including a paper Elvis Presley puppet playing a guitar, at Byron Memorial Park.

At another end of the park, excited children examined tractors that were on display.

Jaime Fiery of Hagerstown brought her two children, Patience Frye, 6, and Jayden Frye, 3, to the festival. She said she heard about the event on the radio.

“We’re shopping and listening to music,” Fiery said. “They were very excited about the tractors. They ran up to the tractors ... They had a big smile on their face.”

Her children enjoyed a hayride, said Fiery, who purchased a necklace from a vendor.

Williamsport Town Councilman William Green said he expected about 2,000 people to attend Saturday. 

“My favorite was the guy with the chain saw that was carving the wood,” Green said, referring to a vendor at the park. “The blacksmith was pretty cool, too.”

The wood carver — Steven Iden of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. — said a crowd gathered around him as he worked with his chain saw.

“Some of the kids asked me if I had gone to school to learn this. I did not,” he said.

Wood carvings being sold at his booth Saturday included an alligator and turtles.

“Everybody likes the turtles,” Iden said. “I would say I like the alligator.”

Candy Cline of Hagerstown said Williamsport is a nice place to visit because it is “family-oriented.”

Cline brought along Punkin, her 6-year-old Great Dane who weighs about 170 pounds.

Punkin was a big draw at the park, as numerous children stopped to pet the dog.

“He is like a big baby. He is mommy’s boy,” Cline said. “He is excited because he wants to play.”

C&O Canal Days continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you go ...

What: C&O Canal Days
When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport

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