Tonawanda News

Canal Fest

July 21, 2013

FEST ON FIRE

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Tonawanda News — Fahs said he is hoping the cooler weekend will help increase profits for the many vendors who attend the fest each year.

“If you lose one of the closing weekend days with the craft show, there is no way to recover,” he said. “The attendance is so huge throughout Saturday and Sunday — not just the evening — so it has a big effect.”

He also pointed to other factors that could have led to a lower turnout at this year’s signature summer festival. This event marks the second time the City of Tonawanda has closed down its side at 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m.

“The heat probably plays into that even more, because people might not want to come in at 5 or 6 p.m. because of the heat, but they’d be more likely to at night,” he said. “But now, with the earlier close, it kind of magnifies everything.”

The fest is also competing with other local summer events, Fahs said, like Friday’s Tragically Hip concert on the harbor and the Taste of Buffalo last weekend. 

“Sales are down for a variety of reasons, but heat has had an impact,” he said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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