Saturday in Sackets: beating the heat at Can-Am Festival

Saturday in Sackets: beating the heat at Can-Am Festival

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Forget the heat. It was a fine day to watch a parade, take in the sights at the 47th annual Can-Am Festival in Sackets Harbor.

The annual event, which draws thousands of people to Sackets Harbor, celebrates Canadian-American ties. And yes, Saturday was one of “the hottest ones,” agreed Chris Whyman, the “town crier" from Kingston, Ontario, who’s opened the festival parade for the last 10 years.

People tried to find spots along the parade route where they could watch in the shade. Failing in that, they improvised, using umbrellas to create their own break from the sun.

The weather helped some; the rain forecast earlier in the day didn’t come, but it was cloudy at times.

“It was still very nice with the breeze. And, the overcast helped," said Bruce Fritsch, who lives in Sackets Harbor.

“We’d rather be wet on the inside, then getting wet from the outside," said Whyman, the town crier.

"So, whenever the parade is no rain, it’s a good crowd that comes out. And it actually supports a great cause, which is our two great nations.”

The Can-Am Festival continues Sunday. Find a full schedule of events here.

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