The Flight of Five, the partially restored 19th century Erie Canal locks in downtown Lockport, will open for the season Saturday.
Free demonstrations from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will feature volunteer lock tenders opening and closing the wooden gates of the locks to move a replica 19th century canal boat. "Tommy O'Hara," a costumed re-enactor, also will be part of the festivities.
Also, a new $15 Lock Tender Tribute Tour is being offered. Visitors can join the lock tenders for a hands-on experience in lock opening. The tour, which begins at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, Church and Ontario streets, includes a narrated visit to 11 stops around the locks. Bicycle tours also are being offered.
Organizers recommended that visitors should register in advance online at LocksDistrictTours.com.