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This year marks the 35th anniversary of Fairport's Canal Days Festival, an annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of people each year with more than 300 vendors and a lineup of family friendly activities:

Kickoff party

On Friday, come to Fairport Junction from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for this bash featuring food vendors, interactive drumming with Rhythm Connect, a concert by Bill Tiberio and The Eastman Educators Big Band, and the Canal Days 2012 poster signing by winning artist Victoria Brzustowicz.

Main Street parade

On Saturday at noon, the traditional Main Street parade, featuring the Fairport Fire Department Band, will pause in front of Kennelly Park where Mayor Fritz May will officially open the festival.

Sculpture unveiling

Fairport artist Mark Groaning has created a “natural engergy sculpture entitled Crossroads Daydream, consists of wind-powered moving parts and illuminated by solar-powered LED lights. “It reflects the energy of the community as well as the place where the energy of Main Street, the Erie Canal, the railroad, commerce and the people intersect to create the magical experience that is Fairport,” Groaning said. The piece will be unveiled at Kennelly Park after the parade.

Performance painting

Artists will paint to music as it is performed live at the gazebo in Kennelly Park on Saturday and Sunday. Artists will include Chas Davis, Mark Groaning, Cordell Cordaro, and Lorraine Staunch. Also on Liftbridge Lane, art activities and fun for kids, home and garden vendors, and 2011 Great Race champions, Howard and Doug Sharp, will display their antique racecars.

Teen Battle of the Bands

The winning band once again receives the opportunity to open for a national touring act at Water Street Music Hall in downtown Rochester. The Battle will take place in the Fairport Junction Festival starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Art on display

Saturday and Sunday at the Village Landing are presentations of pottery makers by Turk Hill Craft School, the Weavers’ Guild of Rochester, and a special section of Young Emerging Artists. At Bank of America, a classic car display and the YMCA’s Celebrate Fitness and Art activities.

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