Union Canal Days

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31st Annual Union Canal Days – CANCELLED FOR 2020

May 2021

May 2021

  • Take a narrated tour through the oldest transportation tunnel in the United States.
  • $5 Per Car to Park, FREE Admission to Event
  • Food & Fun
  • Ray Bohner – Balloons
  • Pigvilla – Pot-Bellied Pigs
  • Live Music
  • Carnival Games & Bounce House

Guided Tours

Cocoa Kayaks of Hershey, is offering participants a unique recreational opportunity to explore the Union Canal Tunnel Park by kayaking through history and the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the United States.  Although boating of any kind is prohibited on the Canal at all times, during the morning of Union Canal Days, Cocoa Kayak will be leading guided tours.

The price of a 30-minute (“on water” time) rental will be $15 for a single kayak, $30 for a tandem and $10 to bring your own kayak. Taxes and a transaction fee will be added to all fees. Participants will enter the canal from the North Park off Tunnel Hill Road starting at the dock near the Mule Shed, paddle to and through the Tunnel then return to the start point.

Advance reservations for canal kayak rentals are required.  Interested participants would receive details and secure a trip by calling Cocoa Kayaks.  You may book online: https://www.cocoakayak.com/  Same day rentals will be possible if boats are available.

Safety instruction and fitting will precede “on water” time. A minimum age of six years old may ride in a tandem with a parent/guardian. Anyone nine years of age or older may use a single kayak.

All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver. Those under 18 years of age must be signed for and accompanied by a parent/guardian. All rentals will include kayak, paddle, life jacket, emergency whistle, headlamp, waterproof container and instruction.

2020 Entertainment Schedule – CANCELLED, BUT PLAN FOR 2021


11:00 am to noon:  Cedar Crest Middle School performing at the Pavilion


11:30 am to 1:30 pm:  Matt Dodd


Pigvilla – Pot Bellied Pigs

Ray Bohner – Balloons

Kid’s Games

2020 Vendors

  • 93rd PA Volunteer Infantry – Promoting upcoming Civil War Enactment
  • Basket Raffle
  • Children’s Games
  • Flowers
  • Bounce Houses
  • Pigvilla
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Cakes & Sweets by Linda
  • Sue’s Signs
  • Berks County Parks & Recreation
  • Alison’s Maple Products – Everything maple such as candy, BBQ sauce, etc.
  • Castaneda’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Sirro’s Concessions


2020 Sponsors

Rick French Excavating

Paul Martin Excavating

Renaissance Crossroads of Lebanon

Cocoa Kayaks

Jonestown Bank & Trust

Weidle’s Sanitation

Harry Fenton

Hackman Fire Equipment

Yancey’s Auto Body

The Aegean Table

Bomberger’s Inc.

Strock Insurance Agency

Always Bagels

Yancey’s Auto Body

E & E Distributors

Lebanon Paint & Wallpaper