TICONDEROGA The 2007 Adirondack Waterfest in the Bicentennial Park will celebrate the regions water resources with music, games, exhibits, food and fun on July 15.
The free, rain or shine event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all ages are welcome.
Exhibits will include the Five Rivers Education Center, with live reptiles and amphibians, kayak demonstrations in the LaChute River and boat product showcases. Children can participate in the passport program and earn an ice cream by visiting the exhibitors.
Visitors can enjoy LaChute River tours, available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and LaChute hydroelectric building tours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sounds of the Northway and Ti Idol contestants will be performed between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by other local favorites.
The Heritage Museum will host fly tying demos from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and papermaking demos throughout the day.
Childrens entertainment will include games, a waterslide and a bouncy tent. A LaChute fishing derby will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. with prizes for size and weight in two age categories.
Restaurant coupons will be available at the welcome tent, the first stop of the event, located at the entrance of the park. Attendees can pick up coupons for participating Ticonderoga restaurants, valid for the day of the event. A shuttle will be available on the day of the event to transport attendees to and from Main Street locations.
The event will conclude with the PRIDE duck race down the LaChute River at 4:30 p.m.
The event is a terrific showcase of the natural resources and recreational assets that Ticonderoga offers to visitors and residents, Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. And it supports the efforts of the Ti Main Street Partnership by incorporating the Main Street business district.
Waterfest is an annual event in the Adirondack region. The event is held at a lake, river or stream in area communities and aims to educate the public about the valuable water resources in an entertaining way.
The Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation & Development Council proposed the event to the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership in the fall of 2006.
The event is coordinated by the Ticonderoga Main Street Project and sponsored by the Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County Youth Bureau, Essex County Planning Commission, Essex County SWCD, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Essex County Visitors Bureau, Lake George Watershed Conference, International Paper Foundation, Trout Unlimited, New York State Soil and Water Conservancy Society, County Water Quality Control Commissions in Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council and Lake Champlain Lake George Program Planning Board.
Please contact the Town of Ticonderoga at 585-6265 for further information.