By CAROLINE MURRAY
FORT HUNTER -- The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will play host to its 37th annual Canal Days festival this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event celebrates the history of the Erie Canal with music, food and entertainment.
For the first time since its inception, the event will include the mobile Utica Zoo and sponsored disc golf, along with arts and crafts, a dog sledding activity and wagon rides.
"We expanded it again," said site education coordinator David Brooks. "There are new and exciting things."
Brooks said the festival is held every year to spread awareness about the Erie Canal and its importance to the Fort Hunter community, the state, and nation.
In conjunction with the festival, Tri-County Old Time Power association will hold an antique engine and tractor show, which will showcase an assortment of old engines and farm equipment.
Items such as old-style water pumps, corn huskers, and spray rigs will be part of the display.
There will also be a student art and expression exhibit with an Erie Canal theme at the Enders House, where local elementary students will have an opportunity to show off their creativity.
The Schenectady Disc Golf Club will sponsor a five-hole disc golf match that includes an introductory class for beginners.
According to the release, the competition is similar to regular golf, but a disc is thrown into a basket instead of hitting a ball into a hole.
Musical performers and entertainment for children will be provided as well.
This year's performers include The Nellies, Sara Milonovich, Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle, as well magician Jim Snack and Pip Squeaks the Clown.
Additionally, there will be a bounce house Saturday, as well as a chicken barbecue sponsored by the Friends of Schoharie Crossing.
Sammy's Country Wagon, a food cart and catering service, will sell refreshments Sunday.
Schoharie Site Manager Janice Fontanella said a host of community organizations will be stationed at the event as well.
That includes the Fort Hunter Fire Department, which will be hosting several events including rides, craft vendors and refreshments.
"We have a ton of community organizations, it is a great way to find out what folks in the community are doing," Fontanella said.