Canal Fest Canceled Because of COVID19

Board canceling out of safety concerns

Tom Puckett
April 08, 2020 - 4:20 pm

Canal Fest 2018. July 17, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) The COVID19 pandemic has claimed another festival. Two days after the Allentown Art Festival was called off, Canal Fest of the Tonawandas has been canceled.

Organizers say the main concern was the safety of thousands who would have attended each day. The decision "was one that did not come lightly" say organizers, as more than 50 civic groups and non-profit organizations have been affected, with many of them relying on Canal Fest to raise funds for their projects.

They add rescheduling was out of the question, because road work scheduled to be completed before the opening has been delayed because of the coronavirus. 

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