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Canal Days celebrates 60 years

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With the festival celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, tradition is a major part of bringing everything together. With the festival celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, tradition is a major part of bringing everything together.

Every year around this time, downtown Delphos becomes a place of fun, food, and entertainment with Canal Days.  With the festival celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, tradition is a major part of bringing everything together.

Rides and games and food galore cover Main Street in Delphos, with a little something for everyone.  Coming to Canal Days is something of a tradition in itself for the festival, and people make the trip back home just to be part of the fun.

"Every year you see families, class reunions, and friends getting back together, it's great," said Jim Grothouse, 2017 Chairman for Canal Days.

"I just saw some friends of mine that came from Florida and I had no idea that they were going to be here, I haven't seen them for probably about 10 years," said Eric Fritz, Core Committee Member for Canal Days.  "People that come back, this is a big deal for people, it's their heritage, this is our town; people come back to see friends, family, there's events scheduled around Canal Days just for people to come back to Delphos."

Through 60 years, some things have changed - but many of the things to do during canal days stay true to what has always been done.

"There's always some things that stay the same - we've done the chicken dinners forever here, we have the rides and games, the fishing derby in the canal first thing this morning, that's been here since I was a kid, so there's always some traditions," said Fritz.

Of course the festivities couldn't go on without a hard-working committee behind it, the people that help to put on Canal Days every year.

"Our core [committee] is fabulous, our friends to come back and help, it's mind-boggling to find that many people come together to make this happen," Grothouse said.  "It's like clockwork; we know our positions, we know what we need to do every year, it's smooth."

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