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Beer garden and Civil War camp added to 32nd annual Canal Day Sunday

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BY DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA STAFF

MONT CLARE >> A Sly Fox Beer garden and a Civil War camp reenactment are the two newest addition to the 32-year-old Canal Day tradition that takes place Sunday at Schuylkill Canal Park.
The camp will feature tours and stories of the war and the beer garden at the St. Michael’s Pavilion will feature, well, Sly Fox beer.
While adults will be able to enjoy a cold beer on a summer’s day, kids will remain the main focus.
Fishing poles will be available for children 12 years old and under who want to participate in the Kid’s Fishing Derby between 9:30 and 10 a.m.
Popular rides such as the Orbitron and the Bungee Bounce will be back again this year along with kid’s crafts, games, face painting and storytellers.
Kids are also welcome to help the Locktender open Lock 60 and listen to the lively narrative of the Locktender.
The Schuylkill Trail Run will start the first competition of the day.
The trail run will cover five miles that includes ravines and plateaus and ends with a flat section along the river. Many have described the course as the most scenic and demanding run in Montgomery County.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at St. Michael’s Park; the run starts at 9 a.m. at Lock 60.
Race in the Canoe/Kayak Race or watch from shore as contestants paddle down the river, portage to the canal, and paddle back to Lock 60. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with boats in the water by 11 a.m. for the race. Awards will be given in the canoe and kayak categories.
Registration is $15.
Frisbees will start flying at 1 p.m. when the Kan Jam Tournament begins. Registration is at 11:30.
The last competition of the day is the ever popular Joust.
Meet your opponent on the jousting pole over the canal. Your goal — knock your opponent in the canal. The Joust will begin after the last Lock opening. You must be an adult to participate.
There will be Canoe/Kayak Demos at Lock 60 where you will get a chance to try out the latest boats on the river free of charge from EMS and French Creek Outfitters.
BINGO will be held all day at St. Michael’s field and music will be provided by Blue Plate Special followed by Christine and Company.
Music will run between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Food trucks and will be selling water ice, hot dogs, sandwiches, funnel cakes, T-shirts, and more.
A $5 per person donation will be accepted upon entering St. Michael’s Park from Jacobs Street and along the towpath to Lock 60, children 12 and under are admitted for free.
Towpath Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
A handicap-accessible shuttle bus will bring people back and forth, free-of-charge, from the parking area all day.

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