Delaware Canal Festival
Saturday, June 18
Outdoor Movie at Buttonwood Park in Yardley
"The Farmer Takes a Wife" 1935 - Everything that you want in an old movie - Adventure, romance, comedy on the Erie Canal. Henry Fonda's first film. Co-sponsored by the Yardley Recreation Board.
Concert at the Island Gazebo and Decorated Boat Parade at the Bristol Borough Lagoon Park
Friday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Featuring bluegrass and folk musician Jay Smar. Hear some canal and coal mining tunes.
Canal Festival Along the Towpath in Yardley
Music, Games, Food, Canaller Finn Gorman with his surprising Travelling Trunk, Cardboard Boat Building, and more.
1 p.m. Decorated Boat Parade
3 p.m. The Great Canal Critter Race
The Delaware Canal Festival events are sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware Canal, Landmark Towns of Bucks County, and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
Start Having Fun Now!
Decorate a Boat
Everyone from up, down, and all around the Canal is invited to participate in the Delaware Canal Festival Decorated Boat Parades- either in Bristol or Yardley or, better yet, both. If you have a canoe, kayak, rowboat, or ..... transform it into a floating wonder and show it off in the parade..
Individuals, families, neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to enter. Decorations can be as simple as bunting or as elaborate as you can imagine. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most beautiful ($75), humorous ($75), imaginative ($75), colorful ($75), and "typical of the Canal" ($75) entries, as well as "Judges' Choice" ($100)and "Best of Parade." ($100). All entries will receive a commemorative rosette ribbon.
Our Yardley Parade Sponsors
Best of Parade - Customers Bank
Judges' Choice - T. Foster & Co.
Most Beautiful - Nottingham Insurance
Most Humorous - Continental Tavern
Most Imaginative - Face & Body Spa
Most Colorful - Customers Bank
Most Typical of the Canal - Joethek Services, LLC
Our Bristol Parade Sponsors
Advanced Public Adjusters
Race a Duck or Turtle
If you want to have an advantage in the Great Canal Critter Race, get you racing ducks and turtles now. Some practice laps in your kitchen sink or bath tub could give your critter the lead when he's dumped into the Canal on race day.
His competition will be hundreds of other rubber ducks and turtles that will make their way down the Canal from the Letchworth Avenue Bridge to the finish line at Lock 5.
Ducks and turtles may be obtained at any upcoming Friends' event or at the Locktender's House at 145 South Main Street in New Hope. They are also available at these locations in downtown Yardley - Customers Bank, 1 South Main Street and Fun Matters, 35 South Main Street. A Training Tip Sheet is provided with each critter.
A contribution of $5 per duck or turtle is requested. If you would like more than one contender, 5 critters may be claimed for a donation of $20. Proceeds benefit the Friends' maintenance and improvement efforts.
And don't forget to bring your fit-as-a-fiddle racers back on the day of the big Race. They will be collected in a container located near the Afton Avenue Bridge, then taken to the start at the Letchworth Avenue Bridge. Loud cheering during the Race is permitted.
The Delaware Canal Festival has something for everyone.
It's free, and it's fun. Come on out for all the events!
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