Festival features tricky balance of fun

Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess

The fourth annual North River Historic Ship Festival went down at Pier 25 on Sun., July 1. Among the highlights of the festival was the circus performance aboard the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge No. 79. Family entertainment aboard the century-old wooden barge included juggler extraordinaire Will Shaw, who’s been featured on the David Letterman and Jon Stewart shows; showboat captain David Sharps performing Chinese vase manipulation; and renowned comedienne Hilary Chaplain. The John J. Harvey historic fireboat and Tug Pegasus tugboat were offering free rides that weekend as well.

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