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A little piece of the 2010 World Canals Conference in Little Falls

By By CAROLINE GABLE

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 2010 World Canals Conference flag is up along the Erie Canal.

Specifically, you can find the flag in Little Falls, because it is one of eight official locations where boaters will stop during their pilgrimage to Rochester for the conference.

Other stops include, Waterford, Amsterdam, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Lyons, Pittsford, and the Cornhill Landing. Public registration for this year's World Canals Conference is now open.

This is the first time ever that Little Falls has had the honor to host boaters as they travel from east to west by boat. Hundreds are expected to stop at the harbor on September 15 before reaching the Cornhill Landing stop in Rochester on September 19.

Little Falls Mayor Robert Peters says the flotilla will hopefully bring an economic boom to the city and he's ready to welcome visitors with open arms.

"Come and see what the City of Little Falls has to offer with our antique buildings, all of our famous restaurants that we have here in Little Falls, the view that we have," he said, referring to what he thought Little Falls could offer visitors. "We have the highest lift lock - all good points for the City of Little Falls."

Alan Vincent from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor said he is just concerned about everyone having a good time.

"There's probably going to be a boat traffic jam here, and I think its wonderful," Vincent said. "We've had a lot of boats here before, but I'm sure when the flotilla comes through, there's going to be a lot of activity. It is just going to be a lot of fun."

Hundreds of delegates from the United States and more than 17 nations will be attending this year's World Canals Conference.

When participants reach the last stop in Rochester, they'll bring with them a little piece of true canal history, thanks to Little Falls.

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