Coshocton Canal Festival ~ August 9th, 10th and 11th, 2013
Celebrate the rich canal history of the area at the Coshocton Canal Festival. Enjoy craftspeople, live entertainment and vendors throughout the weekend and a Grande Parade in Downtown Coshocton. From costumes of days gone by to a Grand Parade that winds the streets of downtown Coshocton, there will something for visitors of all ages to see and do.
This year’s Grande Parade theme is “Made in the USA” in keeping with Mayor Steve Mercer vision of making Coshocton the “Made in the USA” city. The Canal Festival Parade volunteers are urging anyone who wants to show their love for Coshocton History to come out and sign up for this bigger and better exciting parade.
The Coshocton Canal Festival will kick off on Thursday, August 8 with the naming of the Canal Festival Junior Queen followed on Friday by the naming of the Canal Festival Senior Queen, Canal Festival Princess and Canal Festival Queen. On Saturday, August 9, the Grande Parade will take place at 5PM with the free concert to follow at the main stage.
This year’s festival will included the antique car show sponsored by First Step Family Violence Center, a kite demonstration, and the Coshocton Canal Quilters annual quilt show being held at the Presbyterian Church. There will also be plenty of crafts and food vendors, with more than variety than ever. This will be welcomed by the more than 4,000 visitors expected to explore the festivities.
Whether you love the history of Coshocton, the free entertainment, or tasty treats, there will be something for all ages and all interests at the Coshocton Canal Festival.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Junior Queen Competition
Court Square Gazebo 6:30pm
Friday, August 9, 2013 2pm – 8pm
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
Food Crafts Games
Saturday, August 10, 2013 11am – 8pm
The Kite Man
Food Craft Games
Sunday, August 11, 2013 11am – 4pm
Food Crafts Games
Friday, August 9, 2013
Princess, Senior Queen, Queen Competition
Court Square Gazebo 6:30pm
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Fabulous 50’s Car Show
Coshocton Main Street
Registration 9 – 11 am - Judging 11am – 3pm
Awards Presentation 3:30pm
1st Annual Bike Show
Coshocton Main Street
Registration 9 – 11 am - Judging 11am – 2pm
Awards Presentation 2pm
Coshocton Canal Quilters Quilt Show
Red and White a Quilter’s Delight
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Canal Festival Grand Parade
Through Coshocton Towne Centre 5pm
Canal Festival Concert 7pm
“Life After Elvis”
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Mayor’s Promenade & Reception
Jordan Rose 12pm – 2pm
Dobson Brothers 2pm – 4pm
Last August when I was crowned Canal Festival Queen I never expected what would come about over the next year. I had been given the opportunity to represent my home and travel around the great state of Ohio to many festivals and events and tell of the wonderful things that happen here; and let me tell you, this has been one of the best years of my life. I have traveled to almost 40 events, festivals and parades all over Ohio. I have gone as far north as Geneva, as far south as Mason, as far east as Dennison and as far west as West Jefferson. Going to these festivals and meeting all of the new and incredible people. I can honestly say some of the friendships and memories that I have made during this journey are some of my most dear and treasured memories. Without the support of many important people my reign as Canal Queen wouldn’t have been possible.
I have many people to thank for their support, advice, help and friendship over the last year, and without these people I don’t think anything that went on would have been possible. I would like to thank the Coshocton Towne Centre Association, Jacque Wagner and Elise Miller for all that they do for our festival and my court. Thank you to my Grandpa Rick and Grandma Janie for letting me borrow their car for the first couple festivals and Grandma for taking me to the Dennison Railroad Festival. I’d also like to thank Mike and Connie Johnson for treating me like another daughter and taking me to festivals even when they didn’t have one on court. To my wonderful court! Lydia and Arieka thank you for becoming like my sisters. We’ve become pretty close and shared some great memories; I hope we stay as close even when I’m not on court. Princess Madelyn thank you for some fun times, I enjoyed getting to know you and you’ll make a great Queen someday. Megan and Jenna you two may be the quietest on court but we’ve sure had some laughs and thank you for that. Emmilia, thank you for making new friends with me, and letting me ride with you in the parade at First Town Days. Senior Queen Bess you are truly one of a kind.
A multitude of thanks to my family, yes, without you none of this would have been possible. I honestly mean that. To my Dad, Scott, you may have just taken me to one festival, but you did so much more than that this year. You made a float, drove my court in parades and you let Mom and I go all over the state every weekend. Thank you for being at the appointed place, at the appointed time and performing the appointed task. My sister, Amanda, you went to 3 festivals with mom and I and we sure had fun. You came with us to Barnesville and Geneva and I was glad to have my best friend with me on that long car ride. Thanks for everything Amanda. To my Mom, Cheryl, we’ve traveled to 17 festivals together, well over 2500 miles. The memories made and the car rides together are some of my favorite, even more important than the ones made at festivals. You are my navigator, personal stylist, confidant and above all, my Mom. Thank you for being all of these things.
There is one more special lady that deserves many, many thanks. My Great-Aunt Nancy Porteus was the one to get me started walking in the Canal Days Parade in August of 1996. For those of you counting, this marks 17 years of Canal Parades. It all started with a little purple dress that some of you may remember from the Coshocton Tribune. Without my Aunt Nancy to make my beautiful and one of a kind gowns I wouldn’t be the Queen I am today. I am just one of many Queens and other royalty to have had the pleasure of wearing one of her original dresses.
I was honored to be the 2012 Coshocton Canal Festival Queen. I hope the young lady that I will crown on Friday, August 9th feels as honored as I do. Good luck to all of the contestants and thanks for a good ending to a great year.
2012 Coshocton Canal Festival Queen
My Canal Festival journey began four years ago in 2009. I was a shy little girl whose mom entered her in the Junior Queen contest on a whim, wearing a dress purchased at a garage sale. I never imagined they would call my name as Junior Queen, but when they did, the experience of a lifetime began. The older girls took me under their wings, and guided me out of my shell. My thanks go to Queen Desiree and her attendants Lydia, Tea and Amy Jo. The next year I was lucky enough to be back on court as Princess 2nd attendant, and the year after that, Princess 1st attendant. Each of those years brought their own special memories, as I was allowed to travel further and to new festivals. Thank you to more friends like Queen Cali, and attendants Arieka and Shayna that made those years so special. I also met a very sweet young lady that was a tremendous role model, who I will look up to forever. Queen Kassidy may be small in size, but she has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. And then came the year that has topped off this whole experience. Last year I dressed in a 1912 costume and told a story that referenced the “Titanic”. Once they called my name as Princess, and I had an uncontrollable smile stretched from ear to ear for the next several days. This year allowed me to become close with my new friends Queen Shelby, Megan, and Jenna, and let me reconnect with old ones. I have traveled as far north as Lake Erie (several times) and as far south as Waverly, not quite to the Ohio River. My favorite festivals over the years include Feast of the Flowering Moon, Geneva Grape Jamboree, and Vermilion Festival of the Fish. But better than the festivals themselves are the friends I have made. Other than my own court members, I will always treasure Katie Miss Grapette (we traveled together all four years!) and Kensey from West Lafayette Homecoming. I have learned so much about our state, and our community. I even learned more about my own ancestors and their work on the canal when I researched for my essay last year. This opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without the support of many people. Thank you to the Queens for inviting me along. Thank you to our royalty director Jacque for organizing the pageants and coordinating our festival travels. Thank you to Elise and the Towne Centre Association and the Canal Festival committee for organizing so much of what I’ve gotten to do. Thank you to the other parents- Lynn, Connie, Mike, Diane, Kevin, Amy S., Amy G., Jen, and Cheryl for treating me so kindly. Thank you to Amanda Fink who has taken beautiful pictures for me this year. The biggest thanks goes to my family. My Dad always made sure the car was clean and even got to take me to some festivals. My little brother Lucas loved to ride in the back seat during parades and wave out the windows. My grandparents and even my great-grandma went to some of my festivals. Traveling with my mom and sister Sophia (who was the Junior Queen last year) has brought many fun times. I can’t begin to list them all. My Mom has taken me to most of my festivals, researched and made my competition costumes, and even bought a convertible for us to use at festivals. I leave this year with memories of little girls calling me Cinderella and Rapunzel who looked at me as if I were Miss America. To whoever the next Princess is, remember to act like a Princess all the time, because those little girls are watching every move you make. Above all, have fun, and may all YOUR dreams come true, just as mine did.