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CanalFest has a lock on fun; Event bounces back after last year's floods

In all of the locations children can enjoy colonial games, story telling, face painting, pony rides and hot-air balloon demonstrations, making it a family friendly weekend.

A photo contest will also be part of the festivities. This is open to all amateur and professional photographers. The winning photos will be displayed in Collins Park as well as receive a cash prize.

"This is a great opportunity for residents of Schenectady County and surrounding the county to see all that we have to offer. The mix of culture, history and entertainment make this a great event. There are a lot of new additions this year, it's worth coming out to see," said Vice President of Director Services Gail Kehn.

Burrows said that the festival is a great time for people to come to Schenectady County. She said that Schenectady is revitalizing its tourism industry. Downtown Schenectady has brought in a variety of new restaurants, theatres and small businesses. She said it will take time but it is happening.

"The festival celebrates our canal system, our residents and the hope for a downtown that will once again be a place where people come to visit," said Burrows.

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