Union Canal Days

25th Annual Union Canal Days, May 17 – 18, 2014

For more than twenty years, on the third weekend in May, the Friends of the Union Canal Tunnel Park, under the auspices of the Lebanon County Historical Society, have sponsored Union Canal Days at the Union Canal Tunnel Park. There is no admission charge for the festival and only a $2.00 per vehicle parking fee.

As spring like weather grudgingly moves into our area, the Friends have been hard at work preparing for the 25th annual “Canal Days” celebration.

On the schedule:

New entertainment acts, combining amateur with professional talent, have been selected and will provide us with toe tapping enjoyment.  There will be a nice selection of games with prizes for kids and a bounce house to shake up that ice cream.

On Saturday afternoon the Zembo Shrine Temple clown unit will be moving about the grounds working their balloon magic and entertaining kids of all ages and having your picture taken on the Hershey Kissmobile will be a lasting memory.  For those motor buffs there will be a selection of classic cars, collector tractors and “hit & miss” engines.  Crafts will be offered for sale with some of the craftsmen demonstrating their talents and artistry.  A medieval encampment will join us with the villagers wearing period clothing and demonstrating the life style of centuries ago including cooking, music, singing, games, archery and sword fighting.

Chicken Barbeque Dinner

Food is always important and we have not forgotten it by providing a menu with staples like hamburgers, hot dogs, pork BBQ, soups, French fries, funnel cake, baked goods, ice cream and an assortment of sodas and lemonade.  Saturday evening will be our chicken BBQ dinner starting at 5:00 (please order your tickets from Jim Schucker at 272-6949  or Dave Weigard at 838-9229), take out is available and those choosing to dine with us at the pavilion will be entertained by the classic music of Lee Moyer on the keyboard.

Our always popular boat rides will be provided  during canal days and will continue every Sunday 12:30 – 4:30 thru October.  Of course all of this comes at a price, we need volunteers to help us set up, operate and tear down, please call Jim S. or Dave W. to find that special job that fits your physical abilities and get on the schedule.  For updates please become our friend on Facebook or check the LCHS website.  Every member is a sales person, please help sell Canal Days, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND HELP!!

Besides enjoying all the activities, you will be supporting this very historic site with a waterway which helped open a new nation to development. All profits realized will be used for the maintenance and development of the park, and the interpretation of the history of the Union Canal.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hours: Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Canal Boat Rides begin at 10:30 am each day:
Adults $6.00
Children 5 to 14 $3.00
Children under 5 Free (must be accompanied)


 Photo Credit:  Deb Kreider