Union Canal Days

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

Canal Days 2014

By Pam Tricamo, Secretary of the Friends of FUCTP

Although there was an air of uncertainty about the 25th annual Canal Days, holding it turned out to be the right decision.

At the annual banquet in mid-April the Friends of Union Canal Tunnel Park discussed the pros and cons of holding the event with the possibility looming that there would be no boats ready for rides through the tunnel. Some were concerned the lack of boats would give no reason for the community to attend the event. Others felt an interruption to the annual event would make it difficult to start up again. It wasn’t unanimous, but those in attendance voted overwhelmingly to hold the 25th annual Canal Days.

Even though there were no boats, the weather cooperated for the most part allowing us to raise funds to continue with the boat repairs. We sold lots of food, lots of flowers, and the kids had lots of fun in the game tent. We rented some canoes, held a chicken bar-b-que dinner, and raised over $4,700 in much needed funds to help towards the expense of maintaining the park

If you attended, thank you. If you volunteered to help, thank you. If you are a regular supporter of all things at the Union Canal Tunnel Park, THANK YOU!!!! Without the support of each and every one of you the park could not be where it is today.

And once the boats get up and running this summer we hope you will come out, take a ride, and let us know how you like our new and improved transportation.


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:

The Friends of Union Canal Tunnel Park are especially proud to hold Union Canal Days in this our 25th year. On Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 am the event kicks off with Colonial Craft Demonstrations and Sales, Antique Vendor sales, and our always popular Spring Plant Sale.

You will find a Silent Auction at the Friends of the Union Canal Booth, special children’s activities, and delicious foods of all kinds. Joining us for the second year will be a medieval encampment with villagers wearing period clothing and demonstrating the life style of centuries ago including cooking, music, singing, games, archery and sword fighting. New this year will be a Pot Bellied Pig village.

Saturday evening features our ever popular chicken BBQ dinner. And speaking of dinner, tickets are now on sale for dinner at the Park from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s meal will include a chicken half, chips, cole slaw, a drink, and dessert. The price remains the same at $7.50. The dinner will be served in the Haak Pavilion just south of the parking lot. Take-outs are available as well. Dinner/take out tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Jim at 272-6949 or Dave at 838-9229.

Sunday will feature a sheep shearing, spinning, and weaving demonstration starting at 11:30 a.m. Once you witness this interesting process you will appreciate how you obtain your textiles today!

Our boat, the Meily, is being reconditioned to meet federal and state regulations With over 1200 hours of volunteer labor and $20,000 plus in materials we are working hard to have the canal boat ready to provide our popular narrated boat rides.

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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