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Cascade Locks’ Canal Fest was fun for all

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

WEST AKRON — Music, art and racing rubber ducks entertained at the fourth annual Canal Days June 29 at Cascade Locks Park. The outdoor event featured the return of the Duck Derby, a fundraiser for the Cascade Locks Park Association. Volunteers Brian Anderson, of Highland Square, and Champagne Hausknecht, of Coventry, are shown above as they release the ducks at the starting line into the canal for the first of two races for prizes.

Volunteer Terry Brown, of Akron, was positioned at the end of the race, as shown below, to pull the winning duck, whose sponsor, Carey Rogers, won a ride on the Akron Children’s Hospital Air Bear helicopter.

The day also featured fun activities for children and adults. Olivia Kirschbaum, 13, of West Akron, enjoyed having her caricature drawn by artist Jim Weckbacher, of West Akron, as pictured at right top.

Spectators also enjoyed music by acts such as The Mickeys, based in Highland Square. Band members Wayne Marks, Mick Hurray and Anne Alexander are shown at right middle, from left, as Emma Mustill, the Mustill Store owner played by Rosemary Reymann, listens as she would have in the 1870s.

Also on hand to entertain were performers with the Magical Theatre Company, who are shown at right bottom as they work with audience members on a skit.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Ken Crisafi

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