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Canal Fest canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic

This year's Canal Fest of the Tonawndas has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The board’s decision to cancel was made first and foremost for the safety of the thousands that would have attended each day/night of Canal Fest and was one that did not come lightly," event organizers said in a message on the event's website.

The eight-day festival had been scheduled for July 19-26, and was to have been the 38th annual festival.

More than 50 non-profit organizations and civic groups are impacted by the cancellation, according to organizers.

"Many of these member organizations solely rely on Canal Fest to raise funds that support and sustain projects that reinvest approximately $250,000 back into the community each year. Cancellation also jeopardizes their ability to continue servicing the Cities of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda," the message from the event organizers said.

Rescheduling the event was not an option because of road improvements planned in North Tonawanda.

Organizers said they are looking into creating a fall festival to help fill the void.

The move comes after organizers of the Allentown Art Festival announced its cancellation this week.

Juneteenth organizers also have canceled the event this year after first postponing it, said Marcus Brown, president of the Juneteenth committee.

Allentown Art Festival canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

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