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The umbrella tells the tale of an extremely wet Railroad Days. The weather was bad enough to delay the parade and fireworks and to  extend the carnival. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Railroad Days: Parade, carnival and fireworks extended to next weekend

NORTH CANAAN — Life doesn’t often offer second chances, but North Canaan will get a second chance this weekend to celebrate community and history at Railroad Days, with an extended run for the carnival and a new date for the parade and fireworks.

Plenty of visitors came out to North Canaan for special sales, restaurant meals and of course carnival rides last week — when the wet weather abated enough to allow it.

But the inclement weather peaked with a thunderstorm predicted for Saturday night, July 17. To be safe, the fireworks and parade were postponed and will now be held on Saturday, July 24. 

The parade, featuring firefighters from three states as well as many community members, will start at 6 p.m. The group will step off on Pease Street, continue along Railroad Street, take a left onto Route 44 at the traffic light and then pass the Doughboy monument and Lawrence Field, ending up at the firehouse.

Any groups that want to sign up to march can contact Maribeth  Marchi  at  860-601-3130  or  by  email  at  canaanfireco.1911@sbcglobal.net.  Line-up will begin at 5 p.m.

The fireworks usually begin at 9:15 p.m.

Carnival rides, provided by R.W. Commerford & Sons from Goshen, will be offered for an additional weekend. The decision to remain was partly based on the spongy wetness of the ground at Lawrence Field, and concerns that trying to move the large carnival machines would damage the field.

“They have been very concerned about the field so the town gave them permission to keep on the field longer,” explained Railroad Days organizer John Lannen.

“They will be open on Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24, from 6 to 10 p.m.”

Entry to the carnival and unlimited rides costs $30.  

Some restaurant specials and activities will be offered next weekend, Lannen said. 

“The firemen will have their boot drive on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.”

Poetry Is Music at Collin’s Diner will be held on Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m.

Details are being constantly updated; for the most up to date information, go to the Canaan Railroad Days Facebook page. For more on last week’s events, go to Page A5.

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