Canal Days festival draws crowd with music, barbecue

FORT HUNTER – The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site played host to a variety of music and entertainment during the Canal Days festival Saturday afternoon.

The annual festival celebrates the New York State Canal. According to the New York State Parks Department, the event has many sponsors, including the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, Montgomery County Local Tourism Grant Program, the Natural Heritage Trust, the Friends of Schoharie Crossing, Alpin Haus, Girard’s and Parillo’s Armory Grill.

Music included Sara Milonovich, and Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle, who also performed Saturday at the Buck Moon Arts Festival at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Pip Squeaks the Clown and Magician Jim Snack were on hand to entertain the kids.

Karen Altieri of Amsterdam brought her grandchildren to the event after seeing a flyer in Saratoga. She said the children were having a great time and were looking forward to seeing Milonovich.

“I thought we’d like to support the local community,” Altieri said of the event.

A chicken barbecue sponsored by the Friends of the Schoharie Crossing featured a menu that included a half chicken, baked potatoes and coleslaw.

Friends of the Schohaire Crossing President John Turner said the turnout for the event had been good.

Event volunteer Marcia McCoy said the music workshop put on by Gibson and Stuadle was wonderful, and said she saw many children picking up the available instruments and having a great time learning to play.

The event will continue today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Schoharie Crossing. The event and parking are free. The Nellies are scheduled to perform today from noon to 3 p.m. The Montgomery County SPCA, Utica Zoo Mobile, Schenectady Winter Sports Club, Easy Street Horse Rescue, Forever Home Greyhound Adoption, Girl Scouts and the Louis Berger Group are just a few of the groups that are scheduled to be at the event today. At the Enders House, there will be a student art exhibit on the theme of the Erie Canal.