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!