Canalfest Underway Along Tonawanda/North Tonawanda Border

Eight-Day Long Festival Features Activities for Everyone

Brian Mazurowski
July 15, 2019 - 11:40 am

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


Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - One of the longest festivals of the summer season is here.

Canalfest kicked off on Sunday along the water on the border of the Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

The festival lasts eight days, meaning there is something for just about everyone.

"It's such a huge draw for the not-for-profits and both the City of Tonawanda and the City of North Tonawanda," said City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis.

"There's something for everybody every single day, whether it's chalk art yesterday, to the car show, to the tug-of-war tonight, and everybody's favorite parade on Tuesday. They fit a lot into those eight days."


Canalfest says that their parade is one of the largest in all of New York, and that the annual Bike Cruise draws nearly 3,000 motorcycles from Western New York and surrounding states.

But what about that tug-of-war?

Davis told WBEN Monday that he's looking for some revenge after North Tonawanda took home the victory in each of the past two years. We asked Davis if he had any tricks up his sleeve or special gear to help him win this year.

"I personally don't wear anything other than sneakers, and maybe put some chalk on my hands."

We think that saying 'pants' would have been unnecessary. We think.

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