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Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 AM


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DELPHOS — The 2013 Canal Days celebration will bring magic, music and more.

This year’s theme is “Feel the Magic” and Delphos’ own Paul Krendl will deliver with his “Dare to Dream: 2013 Grab the Illusion Tour.”


The two 90-minute shows set for 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Middle School auditorium will include more than four nationally-televised illusions, professional state-of-the-art sound and intelligent lighting to transport the audience to a Las Vegas-style show-room production.


One of the featured pieces Krendl is most well-known for is making it magically snow — not only over the entire stage but the audience as well.

Krendl’s highly-interactive shows blend comedy, theater and magic together. He has won several awards, most recent the Attraction of the Year award for the Virginia Beach Resort Area and has performed overseas, along with entertaining for various cruise ships.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Krendl will give a preview of his show at tonight’s sold-out seventh annual Toast to the City. This event has grown each year with last year seeing a tent expansion to accommodate more people. The guest list is at 500.

The Battle of the Businesses returns Friday with 18 teams ready to get “down and dirty” to win the coveted traveling trophy. The battle includes seven games that require no athletic ability or skill. In case of rain, the Battle will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Friday’s entertainment is The Reaganomics from 8 a.m. to midnight on the main stage in the Social Tent.

The Reaganomics are the Midwest’s most exciting 80s dance and party band. Based in Columbus, The Reaganomics have become the area’s most electrifying 80s show. With the release of their latest CD, “Ten,” The Reaganomics have become the “must-see” act in the region.

Saturday starts bright and early with the Optimist Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon and a host of children’s events, including the Fishing Derby behind the post office from 8-10 a.m., the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest at Second and Main streets from 9-10 a.m., the Pet Pet Parade and Little Miss/Junior Pageant at 11 a.m., the Kids Creativity & Activity Tent from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. and the Kiddie Tractor Pull at 1 p.m. on Second Street.

Adults can get in on the action with the Waterball Contest at 1 p.m. in front of the fire station, corn hole at 1 p.m. in front of The Delphos Herald and Basket Bingo at 2 p.m. in the Social Tent.

The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, Delphos Museum of Postal History and two arts shows are also available throughout the weekend. The Quilt Show at First United Presbyterian Church will be open from 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Chances for a Canal Days quilt will be available.

Saturday’s band is the Hipnotix, a group well-known for its Journey, Foreigner and Pink Floyd medleys. They will take the stage from 8 p.m to midnight.

Free taxi rides home are available each night from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, the annual 5K run kicks off events at 10 a.m. in front of WDOH and the 18th annual Cheerleading Competition starts at 10 a.m. in Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium at St. John’s High School.

The Grand Parade steps off at 2 p.m. and travels east down Second Street from State Street and ends at St. John’s Schools.

Locals Todd Moenter and Adam Wisher take the stage in the Social Tent from 3-6 p.m. and the Grand Prize Drawing is at 6 p.m.

Still want more? Join in the Old-Fashioned Tent Meeting in the Optimist Bingo Tent at Fifth and Main streets.

What would a festival be without food? Kiwanis chicken dinners will be available beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday until sold out. The 4-H Livestock Food Booth is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Grab a quick lunch on Friday at the First United Presbyterian Church at Second and Jefferson streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food vendors on Main Street will open at 11 a.m. each day and run until midnight Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Last Updated on Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 AM

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