Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival draws in the crowds

The Medieval display at the museum.

Port Colborne’s 40th Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival drew crowds of people eager to participate in the celebration Saturday Aug. 4/2018.

Fran Giles demonstrating spinning at the museum.

“It’s been unbelievable, the turnout is incredible,” Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum assistant curator Michelle Mason said. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Saturday this busy.”

“We have the new medieval display, they haven’t stopped,” she said. “They’ve been doing demonstration after demonstration, they really engage people with it.”

“There’s lots of families enjoying themselves here today,” she said.

“Even before we opened up the gate, people were flooding in, lined up already.”

In the field on Killaly St. by West Side Rd. the annual International Kite Show was enjoying a nice success in their new venue.

The annual Canal Days International Kite Show.

“We’ve had a lot of people come by so far,” Fred Taylor, kite show organizer said. “Everyone that comes to see us normally in the past have found us here plus some new kite fans.”

“One of our big features is the night fly,” he said.

They put kites in the air Saturday night shining lights on them.

For Sunday, there will be kites in the sky along with the car show in the new venue.

“There is a car show here tomorrow, Sunday, Saturday is our day, but we will still have kites in the air for people to see,” Taylor said.

“We’re not going to have the kite making workshop this year,” he said. “It’s a new venue this year and we’re still trying to figure out what works best for us. Hopefully we can have it next year.”

The U.S. Brig Niagara is a favoured ship for tourists to visit.

Along West Street, the visiting vessels were busy hosting visitors on dockside tours.

“It’s really good to be here,” chief mate Katelinn Shaw of the U.S. Brig Niagara said. “We’ve had lots of folks come on board for a tour, interacting with the crew and learning the history of the ship.”

“We had about 250 people come through in the first hour,” she said. “Our ship is very popular with the tourists.”

Over at Roselawn the lawn was packed for a concert by the Toronto All-Star Big Band performing favourites from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

Canal Days continues Sunday with lots of family activities at venues around the city. For all information needed to come and enjoy the event, visit the Canal Days website: .

Toronto All-Star Big Band performing jazz and big band favourites



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