PLATTSBURGH This years Mayors Cup may only be three days long, but there are still plenty of family fun activities to make it worth attending.
Saturday, July 7, the final day of the festival, is jam-packed with various activities put together by the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club, the city of Plattsburgh, and numerous sponsors.
The day begins with the Rotary Clubs signature event the Mayors Cup Regatta. Beginning at Cumberland Bay at 9:30 a.m., this event ends with an awards ceremony and barbecue at the Naked Turtle at 6 p.m.
This is far from Saturdays only event. There is the Family Observation Cruise, which sets sail at 10 a.m. from the Wilcox Dock, and ends around 11:30.
During this hour and a half cruise, WIRY will be broadcasting live, while someone explains the details of the race. There will also be the Friendly Pirate to entertain our young sailors.
This event is free to the public, but does require a ticket to board, as there will be limited seating.
The Rotary Club donated 100 tickets to the JCEO for distribution.
During the last few years, the Rotary Club has been thinking about how to get more people to the waterfront, said Gail Recore, who is a member of the committee. The purpose of the Observation Cruise is to give people who have never had an opportunity to be on the lake, a good time.
The Champlain Valley Transportation Museum will be offering a Bike Safety Day with instructions from the Adirondack Cycling Team and the Placid Planet Racing Team.
The law firm of Martin, Harding, and Mazzotti will be giving away 500 helmets to the first 500 children who arrive.
We want to get more people, not just sailors, involved in the events, said Jake Desnyder, co-chairmen of the Rotary Club.
When word got out that the city of Plattsburgh would be cutting down on costs for the Mayors Cup, Desnyder felt the festival should flourish, not shrivel up.
The city of Plattsburgh is working on two events for Saturday. At 2 p.m. there will be a parade, which will begin at Wilcox Dock on Cumberland Avenue and end on Broad Street around 4 p.m.
There will also be a Festival of Bands featuring Lucid and Zip City from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Mayors Cup may be shorter this year, but Saturdays schedule proves there is still plenty of activity going on in the city to keep up with previous years.