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DELPHOS — Celebrating the community built on the banks of the Miami-Erie Canal, Delphos opens its doors to the world this weekend as it hosts the 55th annual Canal Days.

As the festival has done for years, it continues to change and adapt to offer something a little new, and a little different.

“Instead of purse bingo, this year we’re having country basket bingo. We’ve got more than $4,000 in prizes hidden in the baskets people can win. Among the items people can win are a grill, a flat screen TV, and limo rides. And, we’re also having a raffle prize at the same time for a fun-filled weekend in Nashville,” said Diane Sterling, events coordinator for the festival.

Also getting an update this year is the popular car show. “This year the Black Swamp Mustangs are running that, and we’re having a cruise-in and car show,” Sterling said.

But never fear, the tried-and-true events that people love will be returning.

“Our Battle of the Business always draws big crowds. It’s fun to watch the business people doing these silly games, and they’re very good sports about it,” Sterling said. Also returning are the popular art shows and quilt show, the pageant, and lots of food.

“And, we have free entertainment with some bands that are pretty popular. We have Nashville Crush on Friday, Midnight Special coming back on Saturday, and the Hypnotix on Sunday,” Sterling said.

And, Sunday is also the day for the Canal Days Grand Parade. “Kalida might have the biggest parade, but we like to say we have the grandest,” Sterling said.

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