Schoharie Crossing will host Canal Days on July 9 & 10 from 11am – 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. This event is a free community festival celebrating the Erie Canal and the character of the people and towns along the way.
The festival will offer a variety of attractions and demonstrations including wagon rides, the Utica Zoomobile, magic performances by Jim Snack, Tri County Old Time Engine display, games, food vendors, and a garage sale. The Dudley Observatory will have a solar telescope to safely view the sun. There will also be two performances each day by J.D. Winslow Equestrian Entertainment. Various community organizations will be participating including the Fort Hunter Library, Montgomery Sheriff’s Department, Girl Scouts, Mohawk River Basin Program, Golden Fleece spinning and weaving guild, Run By Dogs, SPCA, Audubon Society and Forever Greyhound Adoptions. Upstate Kayak Rentals will be offering kayak demonstrations.
On Saturday the nationally known blue grass band Roosevelt Dime will have two performances. Local artists Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle will also play and will offer a music workshop after their performance. In addition, The Friends of Schoharie Crossing will host a chicken barbeque. There will also be a wild life rehabilitation exhibit featuring live animals.
On Sunday, the program will feature the music of the exciting local swing band The Jump Daddies. There will also be a Rat Pack Cruzers Car show with prizes for best of show.
The festival is made possible with grant funds from Montgomery County. It is sponsored in part by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the New York State Canal Corporation, Alpin Haus, and Shorty’s Southside Tavern.
For more information about Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and our events, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, visit the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Facebook page, or email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov.