MONT CLARE PA – Now in its 27th year, the annual Canal Day of the Schuylkill Canal Association will be held Sunday (June 28, 2009) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal, on the river just west of Route 29 in the village, and and at St. Michael’s Park, Jacobs Street. A full day of family fun is planned for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

The day is being sponsored by Exelon Power, Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust, and other local supporters It starts with the 22nd annual Schuylkill River Trail Run and Loop Walk, an event for runners and walkers alike. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at St. Michael’s Park; the start gun fires at 9 a.m.

In addition, the Canal Vaulting Championship makes a long-awaited return to the event. The vault was one of the most popular events at past Canal Days. Participants will vault from a small dock set up in front of the Locktender’s House. Their goal: vault across to the other side without getting wet. Most are expected to fail.

There will also be a Decorated Bike parade for kids up to 14 years. Canoe and kayak races are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with registration taking place between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Other Canal Day events include a flea market; business expo; fishing derby; K-9 rescue demonstration; face painting; and food sales.