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Canal Days brings thousands

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Paul Harbour shows a knife to a customer Sunday morning at Canal Days.
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Charles and Connie Van Meter from Vail, Arizona,sold many hand cut and polished gem stones, copper items and much more at their Canal Days booth.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

METAMORA — Thousands upon thousands of people walked through Metamora this weekend to enjoy the Canal Days festivities.

From hand-crafted items to mums and paintings, there were many amazing items to see all weekend long.

Paul Harbour of Clay City, Indiana said it was a very busy weekend. He had many handcrafted knives for sale at his booth.

“The attendance brought us here; they say there are over 100,000 people that come through. We came down last year and plan to be back next. I make knives, handmade leather sheaths and wood and chainsaw carvings. My wife does wood burning and water colors. Saturday was probably the busiest day. It was packed, people were in my booth all day,” Harbour said on Sunday.

Another couple came from Arizona.

“I grew up in Bloomin Grove and graduated from Brookville. We come back here every fall for the last 12 years,” Charles Van Meter said. “There were a lot of buyers Friday, as far as today we will need to keep an eye on the weather,” Connie said.

Charles does lapidary. He starts with rough stones and cuts slabs off of them to make pendents.

“Some of the rougher turquoise stones are hard to find. From what I have displayed about a third are ones I found,” Van Meter said. “I do copper bracelets and rings as well.”

Canal Days is an annual project of Historic Metamora. It is on the first weekend of October each year.