Tonawanda News

Canal Fest

July 18, 2013

The man behind the midway

Corky Powers has powered Canal Fest fun for 25 years


Tonawanda News — Canal Fest presents a unique challenge in that it’s set up on a few city streets, as opposed to the more usual field set-up, he said. 

“You need to accommodate all the merchants on the street to make sure they’re not getting mad at you,” he said. “In a field, you can bring in everything every which way. (Here) you have to bring them in one at a time to make them fit properly.”

For all the challenges, however, Powers enjoys the business. And the best part, he said, is the travel.

“To me, it’s like moving a city every other week,” he said. “Next week we’re going to be in a little town near Albany. It’s a completely different atmosphere. The week after that, we’re going to be 18 miles from Washington.

“I just enjoy watching the kids and seeing people. And hopefully they’re having a good time.”

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