Today is the first full day of the Canal Days celebration and let me tell you, things have changed a lot since I started covering Canal Days.
The “Toast to the City” is the premiere event of the weekend. If you didn’t make it uptown Thursday evening and Friday for the Battle of the Businesses, you’ve already missed a lot.
Today’s schedule is packed with activities for all ages, including a pancake and sausage breakfast, bingo, the sidewalk art contest, the bake sale and art show at the bank, the ArtFest exhibit, the pet parade (one of my personal favorites), kiddie tractor pull, tractor show, cruise-in and more.
The highlight of the evening will be the Red Ball Jets at 8 p.m. in the Social Tent. They are advertised to be a whole bunch of fun and I may even wander uptown to see what all the fuss is about. I usually take a breather Saturday evening while I gear up for Sunday’s events.
The 5-K walk/run, parade and the Big Ticket Drawing will be held on Sunday. Another exciting addition to this year’s festival is pig races. I can’t wait. What could be more fun that watching baby pigs run amuck I ask you? Nothin,’ I say.
Canal Days is a lot more than what you can do. It’s also about who you see. It’s great to find old friends and reminisce while enjoying a carnival atmosphere. New friends are also a possibility.
However it turns out, supporting Canal Days is supporting your community. Checks to various groups and charities around October are the evidence of all the hard work it takes to bring an event of this size together.
This weekend always brings back memories for me.
I can recall the Canal Days when Delphos was celebrating its 125th birthday. There was quite a production with a play put on at the football stadium. My mother and I dressed up in period costumes and danced and sang. It was fun at the time but I don’t think public singing and dancing is my future now. Anyway, the point is, that the whole town got involved in this production. There were hundreds of us choreographed and costumed for the event.
The annual event has been brought back to its former glory and far surpassed it. It seems to be the place to be the third weekend in September. It is, after all, the last premier festival of the year right here in your front yard!