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Tuesday, September 03, 2013 12:29 AM


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DELPHOS — After sleeping in a bit on Sunday from all the Saturday night activity of Canal Days, be sure to slate some time to enjoy the annual parade of classic cars, military vehicles, marching bands and fire trucks. The Grand Parade steps off at 2 p.m. from the corner of State and Second streets and proceeds down Second Street to St. John’s School.

Parade chair Jay Leininger said he has been volunteering with Canal Days for three years.

“I got involved in 2010 with the Delphos Fire Department helping with the Water Ball Contest on Saturday and the Canal Days Grand Parade on Sunday,” Leininger said.

Preparations for the event begin a few months in advance when Dana Steinbrenner helped Leininger contact the City to schedule road closures for the parade and Life Flight for the start of the parade.

“Steve Martz will be a major help to me with the final touches the night before the parade,” Leininger explained.

The whole fire department plays a significant role in getting everyone where they need to be and they direct traffic during the parade.

“Without them, the parade would not run smoothly,” Leininger said proudly.

Leininger said the Delphos Chamber has also helped him with getting the entry forms ready and making sure all parade participants have all the information they need about the event.

“There are a ton of fun events going on the weekend of Canal Days,” Leininger said excitedly. “There’s a magic show, Corn Hole Tournament, Battle of the Business, Water Ball Contest, parade and tons more.”

The parade lineup will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday and the parade will start at 2 p.m. Entry forms have been sent out to businesses but if anyone would like one, they can pick one up at the Chamber office.

“Volunteering for Canal Days is a great way to meet new people and get out and enjoy downtown Delphos,” he said. “I only do a small part for Canal Days and the core team really bends over backwards to make the large event run smoothly.”

You never who you will see or who will see you at the Canal Days Parade. (Delphos Herald file photo)Leininger said his favorite part of the Canal Days celebration is seeing all people, young and old, out enjoying themselves. “We are hoping for over 100 parade entries and the line-up will include classic cars, military vehicles, marching bands, fire trucks and many more,” he said enthusiastically. “We want everyone to sit back and relax and have fun time.”

Leininger said the most delightful thing about Canal Days is driving behind the end of the parade and seeing everyone who came out to enjoy this event.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 1:02 AM

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