Union Canal Days

26th Annual Union Canal Days, May 16 – 17, 2015

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 26th 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 26th year. On Saturday, May 16 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 cordials making demonstration.

Saturday evening features our ever popular chicken BBQ dinner. This year’s meal will include a chicken half, chips, cole slaw, a drink, and dessert. The price remains the same at $8.00. 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 717-272-6949 or at the Lebanon County Historical Society office.

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 2,200 hours of volunteer labor as of Jan 1, 2015 and $27,000 plus in materials.  We are working hard to have the canal boat ready to provide our popular Canal Narrated Tours.

Absolutely no dogs (or any pets) are allowed on the Southside of the Union Canal Tunnel Park during the festivities and over the weekend.

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Hours: Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Canal Narrated Tours begin at 10:30 am each day:
Adults $8.00
Children 6 to 18 $4.00
Children under 6 Free (must be accompanied)


 Photo Credit:  Deb Kreider