Dec­o­rated ducks in­vade as Canal Fest sets sail with wishes

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By Jeff Werner

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.

“We picked the Kar­dashi­ans be­cause she MusW KDG KHU EDEy DnG , fiJuUHG HvHUyERGy would be talk­ing about that,” said Mary Bunda, who worked on the ducks with her grand­daugh­ter, six—year-old Natalie Russo of Bris­tol. “They re­ally were all pretty great – very creative,” she said of the dec­o­rated ducks.

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.

With pad­dle­boat yoga, said Mulhern, “the WULFN Ls unGHUsWDnGLnJ yRuU wHLJKW, fiJuULnJ out where your cen­ter is, both in­side your­self

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.

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