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6th Annual CanalFest Set For Oct. 15

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The Gas House Gorillas is a featured band at the 6th Annual CanalFest. Graphic: CanalFest Community Collaborative.


The 6th annual CanalFest, a fundraiser for the Franklin Township Food Bank, is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at East Millstone Park, Amwell Road and Main Street in East Millstone.

The event features live musical performances by the Gas House Gorillas, Swing Sabroso, The Band Called Fuse, and more acts on three stages, as well as dozens of diverse original arts and crafts vendors.

A shuttle will be provided for people with no other means of getting to CanalFest from the eastern section of Franklin Township to the festival. The shuttle is made possible through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Grant Program.

Volunteer opportunities are also available, including for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

CanalFest is planned by the CanalFest Community Collaborative, which was formed in early 2011. According to a press release about the festival, the collaborative was formed with the shared vision of strengthening the local community with three goals; to help our neighbors in need, to raise the profile of area businesses and community organizations, and to bring friends and neighbors together in the spirit of celebration.

, “CanalFest provides a unique opportunity for residents to come together and share in the gifts of our community – to eat good food, appreciate arts and crafts, enjoy music, get to know our neighbors, and help other neighbors through support of the Food Bank,” CanalFest co-chair and East Millstone resident Patti Sofran said in the release.

The Franklin Township Food Bank is a private non-profit that relies on support from community donations and grants. A suggested donation of $10 goes directly to benefit the food bank services.

For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

 

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