This Annual Canal Celebration, spanning 30 consecutive years, represents our recognition of the community, our heritage and the spirit that makes Little Falls a unique place in the Mohawk Valley. Canal Celebration has welcomed thousands of visitors to Little Falls, attending dozens of family oriented community programs, held throughout the week. These programs are made possible through the dedicated efforts, of approximately a hundred plus individuals, representing local Organizations, Businesses and Industries as well as the City of Little Falls.

2016 marked the 100th Anniversary of the completion of Lock 17, with a highest single lift (40.5 feet) on the barge canal system, at Little Falls. This event, recognized in 1916 with great community fanfare, one year before the grand opening of the NYS Barge Canal System in 1917, was the theme for the 2016 Canal Celebration.

Your welcome to check out the Supporting Sponsors, Business and Industries that have contributed to last years Festival.

Volunteers are always needed Volunteer Registration
For additional inform
ation contact:
Tony DeLuca at the Little Falls Family YMCA; (315) 823-1740

A Few Of The Special Events For The Week
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Monday (7th) - Sunday (13th)
  • Canal Celebration merchant sidewalk sales and special celebration promotions.
  • Commemorative “T” Shirts sponsored by Adirondack Bank on sale (Pre-Event) at Shops at 25 West in Canal Place; and at the Community Co-op, Downtown. During the Celebration, shirts will also be on sale at the Canal Info Booth in Eastern Par k. ALL SIZES - $15 each. (The “100 th Anniversary of Lock 17” logo is an original design by local Artist Marc Verri. Logo commemorates the building and completion of Lock 17, the Erie Canal’s Highest Lift.) Shirts produced locally by All-Events Engraving.
  • The Historic Holy Family and St. Mary’s Church, 763 East Main Street invites you to tour one of the oldest and most majestic Catholic Churches in New York State. The church will be open all Canal Celebration Week from 9a till 3p with guided and instructive tours at selected times through the week.
  • RV "dry camping" overnight sites available. Free parking at two locations; Boat launch area
    at the end of Industrial Park road and Vet's Park parking lot accessed from Loomis Street extension.
  • General Herkimer Home State Historic Site; State Rt. 169 South (near T-way Exit 29 A)
    Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Fee charged for Home tours: Fri.,Sat.,Sun. Free Picnic ground area / Free Parking / Grounds open for free viewing.
Wednesday - August 11
Kick-Off Community Picnic at Rotary Park
Picnic - Pie Sales - Cold Drinks - Fireworks - Music - Free Parking

Beadle Brothers
6 PM - Dark

Chicken 'N' Ribs BBQ
Sponsored by the L.F Elks; 5 PM - ?

Food Booth/ Hot Dogs
L.F. Rotary Club 6 - 9 PM

Homemade Pie Social
Sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to benefit Community Outreach Programs and Canal Celebration
6 - 9:00 PM

Funnel Cakes,
Snow Cones & Lemonade

Benefits Canal Celebration Activities.

Harber Celebration
Grande Fireworks - 9 pm

Youth Fun Paddle
Sponsored by the
L.F. Family YMCA; Application

Duck Dash for Prizes
Sponsored by the Rotary Club

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Little Falls Youth Football 6-9 PM

Thursday - August 12


Big Kids Adult Fishing Derby
Fish the Mohawk River/Erie Canal between locks 17 & 18
Reg. 3 - 4pm; Derby 4 - 8pm from Rotary Park
$5 Entry Fee - Several categories in prizes; Register on Site

Double Dog Dare
LF Watershed - Top Notch Rd. Entrance
6 PM ; Reg. Free; Souvenir Workout Towel $10

5 miles of running; biking the trails on cross country
terrain Individual and Team events; Consent Form
Summer Cruise - Inn Car Show
Rotary Park Marina 5-8 PM
DJ/ Food/ Parade at 8 PM
Annual Canal Celebration Youth Pageant
Beauty Pageant - Several Ages - Awards -
Benton Hall Academy Auditorium

Friday - August 11
Grande Parade 6 PM
Led by Bagpiper Jerry Damon
5 Divisions - Bands - Floats - Prizes - Trophies - Fun

Clean Street
LF Elks Lodge #42
On the Lawn; Burke Park
7 - 11 PM

Squirrel Murphy Bans
Legion Post #31 - 91 W. Main Street

7 - 11 PM; Food at Noon

The Old Main
Ward Square; 7- 10 PM

Light The Fuse
Ward Square; 7- 9 PM

After the Parade
Food Court - Arts & Crafts - Entertainment - Ward Square & Albany St.

MVCA "Art Show" - Canal Place
Shakespeare In The Park - Bentons Landing at Canal Place - 7PM

Saturday - August 12
Rock Climbing Moss Island
Canoe/Kayak Tour Mohawk Shore
Annual John Serow Memorial - Youth Fishing Derby
Lock 17 (Under theWind bridge) 8 - 11 AM; Youth's 1-15 yrs w/Adult --- $2.00 fee --- Register on site
The only event held on the water, specifically for Childern

Annual YMCA/L. F. Lumber Co. - Freedom Run

Burk Park (YMCA) 8:30 AM - Check in 7:45 AM
10 K, 2 Mile Run and the 2 Mile walk ---T-shirts to first 125 registered - Entry fee $20; Application

Sheriff Farber's - Kid Fun Run

Noncompetitive half mile run for children up to age 10. Entry free of charge; T-shirt $6.
Burke Park (YMCA)
Check in 9:30 AM; Run 9:45 AM; Start & Finish at YMCA;

Growing Up on the Southside #2; 1957-1970 - Walking tour into the past!

Start and end at Ann St. Market at 10:30 AM for 2 hour walk down memory lane, South of the tracks
4 - 5 mile guided tour, with moderate to vigorous physical activity; Dress accordingly; Press Release

Health Booth
Annual Canal Celebration - Golf Tournament
Mohawk Valley Country Club - Benefit Rotary Club Scholarship Program
9 AM Shotgun Start;4 Person Scramble; Indvidual & Team; Application
Pierogi Sale

Feldmeier Equipment
Command Performance

The DeSantis Orchestra
Ward Square

LF Elks Lodge #42 _ "Pine Ridge Mountain Band" on the lawn - Burke Park, , 7 - 11 pm

Saturday & Sunday All Day

- Ward Square -
Food Court
Arts & Crafts Sales


- Canal Place -
Chicks Along The Canal


Sunday - August 13
28th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show
Burke Park
21 Classes
Reg. 8 am - Noon - $10
Pre-Reg. $7
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places
Best of Show
Car Show Chairmen's Award
Peoples Choice

Food - Music - Vendors
Car Related Vendor Spaces
Information/Entry form
Chicken & Rib BBQ - NASCAR on wide screen
LF Elks Lodge #42 -------- Burke Park -------- 11 AM - Gone

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