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Fairport Canal Days Kicks Off Festival Season

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Fairport Canal Days brings crowds of visitors

Fairport Canal Days brings crowds of visitors

             On Saturday, June 1st, the streets of Fairport were lined with booths, tents, music and food trucks and other delicious offerings as people flowed constantly up and down South Main Street (Route 259). Music wafted from bands performing on outdoor stages, entertaining visitors as they perused a wide variety of goods from over 200 vendors. Local businesses welcomed guests with wide-open doors, sales and specials.
             Many food trucks were located in a half loop inside the parking area at Village Landing, which also housed a wide variety of other booths, both food related and otherwise. This arts & crafts festival included such things as edible consumable crafts, non-edible consumable crafts, decorative painting, drawing/painting/graphics, floral, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, pottery and ceramics, wearable textiles, non-wearable textiles and woodworking offerings. There were items for nearly all tastes and uses.
             All throughout festival hours, musicians performed on six area stages: Fairport Junction, Kennelley Gazebo, Village Hall, Fairport Brewing Company, Eastman Community Music School stage at Kid Zone and Railroad Street Arts Station. Local businesses and non-profits also participated in the event, from booths and storefronts alike. A duck race and the YMCA Kid Zone added to the excitement of this year’s festival, as well.
             This event, produced by the Fairport Perinton Merchants Association, marked the 43rd anniversary of Fairport Canal Days and remains one of the premier juried art festivals in the Northeast. Its much-lauded backdrop includes the scenic, “front-porch” friendly village of Fairport situated on the historic Eric Canal. This year, as always, visitors enjoyed both Fairport’s hometown charm as well as unique, handcrafted products of our beautiful, Finger Lakes region.
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