Horse-drawn Wagon Parade

Horse-drawn Wagon and Carriage Parade – Sunday!

As part of the 2018 Canaltown Days celebration, a special horse-drawn

wagon and carriage parade is planned for Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m.

The parade will start at the Fairgrounds and pass through Main Street.

The nostalgic demonstration of horses, wagons, carriages, and people

will be an attempt to depict the role horses played in transportation

during the early canal era.

The horse, while not the only means, was by far the most popular and

speedy mode of transportation available during the early canal years.

Business depended heavily on horse drawn wagons to deliver goods to

them with which to work or to sell. The family “horse and buggy” was

necessary for many reasons. It provided the means with which to fetch

provisions from the general store, to take the family to church on

Sunday, to visit the neighbors, to go for help in an emergency, and even

to provide the young men of the family with a suitable courting vehicle.

The finer (lighter) breeds served the family transportation needs and light

commercial duties, such as transporting the traveling salesman as he

made his assigned rounds.

The heavier draft horse provided the muscle to pull the heavily-laden

freight wagons. Grain, lumber, and other heavy materials were

transported across the land to and from the canal boats on wagons pulled

by these great animals.

Come out and enjoy the parade!