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Fairport Village, located in the town of Perinton, is one of Monroe country's most vibrant and energetic communities. The Erie Canal provides the centerpiece for a bustling Main Street, recreation for visitors and residents, and a rich local history.Incorporated in 1867, the village was originally called Perrinsville. According to a 19th century legend, a traveler was overheard describing the town as a fair port. The next morning this same traveler reportedly grumbled loudly about poor accommodations, and left town never to return. The moniker stuck however, and Fairport Village has more than lived up to the name.Main Street crosses the canal via Fairport's famous Lift Bridge. Built in 1914 by the Lackawanna Bridge Company of Buffalo, the bridge provides canal traffic with a clearance of 16.3 feet when raised. This unique structure is definitely worth investigating, but if you're looking for symmetry you won't find any. The Lift Bridge was constructed as an irregular decagon, or ten-sided structure. The bridge contains no square corners, and no two angles match.If you're interested in seeing the canal up close, consider a boat tour on the Colonial Belle. Ride in comfort on the enclosed lower deck, or head upstairs to the open air upper deck for great views of the waterway. The Colonial Belle offers lunch and dinner cruises, as well as themed events like Murder Mystery, and Fall Foliage Tours. Have you own vessel? Dock it at the available public facilities. Some of the boats you will see are owned by residents, while others are just passing through on a canal adventure.Early June brings Fairport Canal Days, one of the most popular arts festivals in the Rochester area. Enjoy artisanal crafts, delicious food, and great entertainment. Annual Canal Days events include a chicken BBQ, Canal Nights with live music, and a rubber duck race to benefit village art and beautification initiatives.Canal Days may be the biggest, but it's certainly not the only festival Fairport has to offer. During autumn's Scarecrow Festival, businesses along Main Street create fun and fanciful scarecrow characters to adorn the sidewalks. Shop and dine while picking your favorite!Ready to eat? Fairport has a lot to choose from. History lovers might enjoy a meal at the famous Green Lantern Inn. Built in 1874 by the influential Deland family, this French Chateau style building is an impressive and beloved local landmark and has welcomed a Rochester favorite; Mr. Dominic's as it's most recent tenant. Want something a bit more casual? Riki's Family Restaurant offers classic breakfast fair, while the Moonlight Creamery offers sweet ice cream treats.If you're in town on a Saturday morning, be sure to stop by the open air farmer's market located in the Fairport Village Landing parking lot. From seasonal produce to locally made crafts and prepared foods, there's something for everyone at this popular market. The Fairport farmer's market is open May through November, and parking is ample.On top of fine food, fun festivals, and a gorgeous Main Street, Fairport residents have one more thing to brag about. Since 1901, the Fairport Municipal Commission, has been providing low cost power to Fairport residents. As a publicly owned, not for profit company, Fairport Municipal Commission answers only to its customers. Not only do residents enjoy low rates, they also get some of the best service around. During 1955's Hurricane Hazel, Fairport lost total power for only 15 minutes. In 1966, when most of the Northeast was experiencing a complete black out, Fairport's power remained on. It's just one more reason to love Fairport Village.
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