It’s time to celebrate the queen of canaltowns as the 43rd annual Palmyra Canaltown Days kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 19.

It’s time to celebrate the queen of canaltowns as the 43rd annual Palmyra Canaltown Days kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 19.

Music, food, events, rides, antiques and flea market finds are just some of the fun.  With free admission and parking, you can just hop on the free shuttle and ride to all your favorite attractions. 

“We’re looking forward to another great festival,” said Tom Klemann, Canaltown Days’ General Chairman. “Our committees work hard to bring back the staples our visitors look for as well as some fresh new features and entertainment. We try to make this a family friendly festival with something for everyone.”

Some Canaltown Days favorites that are back again include:  

•Breakfast in the Park, held Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7 to 10 a.m, gets both days off to a well-nourished start. Buy a Canaltown Days breakfast and help support the Palmyra Community Center.

•The Grand Parade is a must-see crowd-pleaser on Saturday at 4 p.m. The popular 5K road race    always draws a crowd and starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.

•Open both days once again will be Palmyra’s four museums, The Alling Coverlet, Palmyra Historical Museum, the William Phelps General Store, and the Print shop.

•Antique enthusiasts can enjoy a visit to the Brick House Antique Center, at 247 E. Main St., where again the Antique Show and Sale will feature specials all weekend long.

•Expect all the crafts, arts, eats and entertainments for which Canaltown Days is famous.

•The Art Show and Sale returns to be judged this year by Alicia Linzy, an art educator in Wayne County for over five years and is an accomplished visual artist.

•Musical entertainment brings both old and new to Canaltown Days. Returning favorites include Fiddlers of the Genesee, Penn Dixie Band, and the Hit Men.

•A top Canaltown attraction, the Mississippi cruise boat  'Rose Lummis,' will  take riders for treks on the canal every hour. Tickets are available at the Information Booth on Main Street and at the boat docked at the Port of Palmyra.  

As in past years, Canaltown Days will be centered around the Village Park, with 150 craft vendors, dozens of food booths, 75 flea market vendors in the HSBC parking lot, antique and classic car show, a horse-drawn carriage ride and the Grand Parade, emceed this year by The Getaway Guy Mike O’Brian.

Canaltown Days is a not-for-profit corporation that draws tens of thousands of visitors each day. It is organized by scores of volunteers that meet for months in advance to oversee everything from public safety, crafts and announcements to the Grand Parade.

See a full schedule of events at www.palmyracanaltowndays.org.