DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Members of the Wabash and Erie Canal Association are celebrating the canal's rich history this weekend.
The 26th annual Canal Days kicked off Saturday morning at the Wabash and Erie Canal park.
More than 100 people came out to learn about the history of the canal.
Activities included music, games and a boat tour down the canal.
Organizers say when the canal was built in 1840, it was the second largest canal in the world.
Festival chairman Mark Smith says construction of the canal played a key role in the development of the town.
"It opened the area up, when the roads were just lousy. Roads were bumpy, rugged forms of transportation," said Smith. "The canal was sort of like an interstate highway, which made this area what it is today. The canal era laid the groundwork."
Canal Days will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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