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“A Voyage through 200 Years of Erie Canal History”

August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

"A Voyage through 200 Years of Erie Canal History"

The Camillus Erie Canal Park will be celebrating the legacy of the Erie Canal that changed the face of our country. As the boats travel along the mile section from Sims Store to the Aqueduct, there will be a series 10 tableaux accompanied by narration depicting canal history.  This will be a unique experience, which is believed to never been done before along the historic canal or present day barge canal.

In addition guests can look forward to a day filled with family orientated activities, that represent the canal era and provide a glimpse of life along the waterway. The Camillus Solvay Geddes Rotary group will also hold their annual 5k walk/run Mule Skinner Race that will benefit many community organizations.

In the entertainment court, you can enjoy the Thornden Morris Dancers and The Onondaga Historical Association, who will feature a two man show called “Sluices, Locks and Hoggees.” The audience will participate in the adaptation of “Who wants to be a millionaire.”

Across the canal, children can enjoy “KIDS STUFF.” They will have the opportunity of dressing up and trying their hand at old fashion games, rolling hoops and challenge their friends to checkers. Each year we choose MAKE AND TAKE projects representing the canal era. A Home Depot team brings kits of a household item for youngsters to build. Everyone has fun with rock and face painting.

Among the vendors will be representatives of old fashion crafts, spinning and weaving, chair caning and wood-turning.

At the Steam-up, visitors will be amazed to hear the whistle from Syracuse China and watch the fly wheel of the corlis engine slowly turn. The Lock demonstration will be open. As guests listen to the Blue Grass music of Diamond Someday, everyone enjoys the delicious traditional food of Central New York, Gianelli sausage, Hofmann’s hotdogs and salt potatoes, The Soda Ash 6 will perform on board the Camillus Erie.

Admission and parking are FREE.
Parking shuttle service is available from the DOT parking lot on DeVoe Road and Reed Webster Park, Warners Road, Rte. 173.

9:00 am – 5K Mule Skinner Run. Sponsored by the Solvay-Geddes-Camillus Rotary Club.

11:00 am – Park opens for visitors

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – EVENTS
– Boat rides from Sim’s Store to the Aqueduct and back.
– Kids Stuff, Make & Take sponsored by the Home Depot.
– Crafts and Demonstrations.
– Raffles.
– Steam-up at the Steam Engine exhibit.
– Museum tours.
– Food court.

11:30 am – 3:00 pm – ENTERTAINMENT
– 11:30 am – Thornden Morris Dancers
– 12:00 noon – OHA “Sluices, Locks & Hoggies”
– 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm – Diamond Someday, Blue Grass Band at the pavilion
– 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Soda Ash 6 playing aboard the Camillus Erie

8:00 pm – Symphoria concert
9:15 pm – Fireworks over the Aqueduct
10:00 pm – Park closes

Shuttle for DOT parking lot and Reed Webster Park.

SPONSORS: Solvay Bank, Rotary, Fairmount Animal Hospital, Learn As You Grow, Camillus Sportsman Club.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the New York State Council of the Arts, CNYarts, and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.


August 12, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Camillus Erie Canal Park
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Camillus Erie Canal Park
5750 Devoe Road
Camillus, 13031
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(315) 487-3600
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