Kids have a blast at Canal Fest dec­o­rat­ing ducks

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

MORRISsILLE BOROrdH – Hawai­ian shred­ded ice of all col­ors, dec­o­rated yel­low ducks, a walk­ing mule and soft pret­zels galore could all be found at the Delaware Canal Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, June 22.

The event, or­ga­nized by Land­mark Towns and the Friends of the Delaware Canal, took SODFH RQ DHOPRUU AYHQuH LQ WKH fiHOG QHxW WR WKH Her­itage Cen­ter.

Two sis­ters and their lit­tle brother, all with red hair, were among the tykes who had lots of fun dec­o­rat­ing yel­low ducks at the canal fes­ti­val.

Cait­lyn Din­gle, 9; Sarah Din­gle, 7; and their brother, Ro­nan Din­gle, 3, held their cre­ations in front of them to have their pic­ture taken.

Sarah gave her dec­o­rated duck a funny name: Ameri­quack.

“I just thought of Amer­i­can and I put Amer­iFDQ WKLQJV RQ LW,” VKH HxSODLQHG. “FRU WKH VFDUI, I got red, white and blue and just twisted it to­gether.”

Caitlin called her cre­ation “Miss nu­ack­ing­ton.” Ro­nan used sports stick­ers to dec­o­rate his duck.

Lan­don Hster­lee, 12, and his brother, Zack­ery, 7, were among the other kids who were in­tent to dec­o­rate their ducks.

Lan­don made his into a skee-ball game. Zack­ery’s be­came a tank.

Aimee Oszer, 7, and her brother, Pa­trick, 5, came to the fes­ti­val with their school friend, Olivia Krolik, 7.

Aimee said her bird was a baby duck and had D OLWWOH flRZHU IRU D SDFL­fiHU.

“She has a lit­tle hat with swirled polka dot fab­ric and a lit­tle bib with the same fab­ric.”

Aimee named her duck “Lady doo­goo” like the pop start, “Lady daga.”

Her mother, Ludy, who is orig­i­nally from Slo­vakia, said she had ac­tu­ally been to a sim­i­lar event be­fore.

“I loved it when they did it in Eng­land,” she said about liv­ing there. “I wanted my kids to go DQG HxSHULHQFH LW DOVR.”

Cash prizes were awarded to the duck dec­o­ra­tors. Lo­cal busi­nesses spon­sored the con­test.

The themes were: Best of Show – “Starry Night” – that looked like san dogh’s paint­ing by the same name; Peo­ple’s Choice – a duck that looked like it was made of stained glass; Most Imag­i­na­tive – “Scrub a Dub Dub”; Most Beau­ti­ful – “The Pink Nurse”; Most Hu­mor­ous – “7KH MDUx BURWKHUV”; DQG MRVW 7ySLFDO RI WKH Canal – “Mother Na­ture”.

drammy Award win­ner chil­dren’s mu­si­cian Jonathan Sprout per­formed his lat­est re­leases, in­clud­ing songs about Amer­i­can heroes.

The canal fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers were pleased with the turnout.

Nancy Sher­lock, pres­i­dent of the Mor­risville Bor­ough Coun­cil, was with Ai­den Har­ris, 13, who was dressed in a furry mule cos­tume.

Sher­lock said a com­mit­tee worked dili­gently for over three months to make the fes­ti­val hap­pen.

“The canal fes­ti­val is a great way to show­case the canal,” she said.

SuVDQ 7DyORU, HxHFuWLYH GLUHFWRU RI WKH Friends of the Delaware Canal, showed kids how to dec­o­rate the ducks.

“We’re hav­ing part two of this year’s canal fest,” she said of the Mor­risville event. “We had a great crowd in Bris­tol last night.”

Dann Din­gle, who serves on the Mor­risville School Board, said hav­ing the canal so close is one of the rea­sons he and his wife, Bon­nie, bought their house in Mor­risville Bor­ough.

Din­gle runs on the tow­path two to three times a week. The cou­ple packs bev­er­ages and snacks, and takes the kids on walks along the wa­ter­way, where they teach the kids how to han­dle the fam­ily’s two dogs.

He said the canal fes­ti­val is a “great com­mu­nity event” that’s es­pe­cially fun for the kids.

Carol Skuse lives on the other side of the canal from the Her­itage Cen­ter.

“I don’t see any­body skat­ing on the canal any­more,” she said. “We would put our skates on and go from Mor­risville to Yard­ley. We’d build D ERQ­fiUH. 7RQV RI SHRSOH ZRuOG FRPH GRZQ here and go skat­ing.”

Skuse re­mem­bered the day when she would JR fiVKLQJ DORQJ WKH FDQDO.

She brought her grand­son, Bran­don Al­varaz, 4, WR WKH IHVWLYDO. HH FDuJKW D fiVK HDUOLHU LQ WKH day. “It was a medium sunny,” she said. Some tra­di­tions never die. More Canal Fes­ti­val cov­er­age on page A17

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Dec­o­rat­ing ducks was lots of fun for, from left Aimee Oszer, Pa­trick Oszer and Olivia Krolik.

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Man­ning the pret­zel ta­ble were, from Thomas and Pat Schell. left, Priscilla Lin­den, Alana

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

He­lena Hoff­man, 13, said it was awe­some to get her face painted like a tiger.

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Lan­don Hster­lee, 12, of Mor­risville Bor­ough took a break from dec­o­rat­ing a yel­low duck.

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