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Re-enactment of a 17th century naval cannon race and a flock of plastic ducks will add speed to celebrations of this city's Canal Days this weekend.

The Welland Canal's Lake Erie port will hold its annual maritime celebration Saturday, Sunday and Monday, featuring arts, crafts and theater as well as children's and nautical events.

The 200-foot schooner Empire Sandy will offer tours and cruises, a vintage car show will be held in Lakeview Park, and a fleet of radio-controlled model boats will take to a large pool at the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum, which also will host music, art and craft shows.

Other activities include a giant lawn sale at Seaway Park, antique shows and a wine garden on West Street, kite flying at Lakeview Park, the Showboat Festival Theater, and a beach party at Nickel Beach, a kids' fishing derby and a street dance.

A plastic duck race through currents on the Old Canal at West Street will benefit the festival theater, and a 41-person team will re-enact a naval gun run -- involving unshipping a cannon, hauling it whole or in pieces through obstacles, reassembling and firing it, and getting it back to the dock -- on West Street at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday.

Information and schedules are available from the city of Port Colborne via the Internet or by calling toll-free 1-888-PORT-FUN.

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