Congratulations, Model Canal Boat Contest Winners!
Online contest attracts entries from four states

Congratulations to the winners of the Erie Canal Museum’s Brick-a-Boat model canal boat contest! In this contest, partner museums across the state judged model boats of all kinds according to overall appeal, originality, difficulty, and creative use of materials. The contest was completely online, free to enter, and open to all ages. We created a digital exhibit that displays photos of all the entries. We’re sending ribbons to everyone who submitted top entries, and we’re announcing them on our website and social media.

You can still vote for your favorite boat to win the People’s Choice award! Visit by September 25 and let us know your favorite. We’ll send a special ribbon to this winner at the end of September.

Here are the winning entries in the Brick-a-Boat model canal boat contest:

Individual Age 7 & Under

First Place: Independence by Kierstin Burcroff

Second Place: Double-Decker Canal Boat by Emma Gumpper

Third Place: TM Tug by Trent Moye

Individual Age 8-15

First Place: The Fireball by Juliana and Lucas

Second Place: American Pride by McKenna Marshall

Third Place: TGV Railroad Barge by Otis Piotrowski

Individual Age 16 & Over

First Place: Candy Boat by Daneen McDermott

Second Place: Tuggy the Tugboat by Blake Bender

Family and Group

First Place: The Salty Mule by Colden, Eleanor, Meghan, and T.J. Vitale

Second Place: The Boat Boat by Sam and Eliza Pollock

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the MOST, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, and the Buffalo Maritime Center helped to spread the word about this contest. We hope to do it again in 2021!

Established in 1962, the Erie Canal Museum preserves and showcases the only existing weighlock building in the United States, and shares the history and impact of the Erie Canal through permanent and changing exhibits, displays, and original artifacts. It is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $10 per party, and is available by reservation at The Museum is partially funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.