Decorated ducks invade as Canal Fest sets sail with wishes
BRISTlL BlRlUdH – Hundreds lined the banks of the Bristol Lagoon Friday evening for another successful Canal Festival. Even Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their new baby made an appearance, well, at least they did in duck form.
As spectators watched from the banks of the lagoon, members of PT Transformations on Mill Street wowed the crowd by standing on their heads and demonstrating yoga positions, all while balancing on paddleboats.
Live music wafted through the air as children decorated rubber ducks using markers, glitter, decorations and glue. A nearby table EULPPHG wLWK WKH finLsKHG SURGuFW sKRwFDsing ingenuity and creativity.
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And then there were the Kardashians, the Best of Show winner, which had everyone talking.
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Nearby, Shea Cialella, an operations man- ager at PT Transformations, was checking out the competition.
“I thought what we came up with was pretty unique,” she said of her family’s entries into the duck decorating contest. “Then seeing all this I said, ‘Whoa.’ Now I know for next year we have to step it up.
“They’re awesome,” she said of the ducks. “The creativity is amazing of what people come up with,” she said.
Her favorites? The ones her family made, of course, including her own, lscar the drouch; a bear, a fox and a skunk made by her daughter; and a unique species of bird, a cross between a peacock and a parrot, created by her son.
The event, organized by Landmark Towns of Bucks County and the Friends of the Delaware Canal, is held to bring attention to Bristol Borough and Morrisville Borough, two of the landmark towns, and to the historic Delaware Canal.
The festival continued Saturday afternoon in nearby Morrisville Borough with music by children’s entertainer Jonathan Sprout, a clothesline art show and more decorated ducks.
Patrick Mulhern, the owner of PT Transformations, has thrown his full support behind the event for the past three years, including organizing this year’s yoga spectacle on the water.
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Members of PT Transformations on Mill Street in Bristol demonstrated paddleboat yoga.
Julia and Jessica Driscoll of Bristol show off their decorated ducks.
Molly Balcer checks on brother, Jack, of Bristol during the festival.