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Independence celebrations set

TICONDEROGA Stan Burdick will be the grand marshall of this years Best Fourth in the North parade in Ticonderoga.

Burdick is the curator of the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum in the Community Building.

We expect the fourth to be as good, if not better than, last year, Dan Crossman, event organizer, said.

The celebration will be a three-day affair.

Youth Night will be held in Bicentennial Park on July 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of the celebration. An Incredible Inflatable Village, a 60-foot obstacle course, will be the main attraction of the night. Other activities will include jousting, sumo wrestling, dancing, giveaways, music, food and bouncy tents. Cost for the inflatable village is $6 per hour or $15 for three hours.

On July 3, the festivities in Bicentennial Park will include bracelet night starting 5 p.m. and ending at 8p.m. Bracelets can be purchased for $12.

The towns new gazebo/stage will be dedicated in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park.

The gazebo was built by Amish craftsmen in Pennsylvania and shipped to Ticonderoga.

Funding for the gazebo came from the Ticonderoga Kiwanis and other groups.

The finals of Ti Idol will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the new stage in the park. The 22 contestants will be competing for a total cash prize of $1,500.

July 4 will begin with the 21st annual Montcalm Mile road race.

One of the fastest, most-competitive road races in the North Country, the foot race will be held prior to the traditional Independence Day parade.

The Montcalm Mile will start at 1:45 p.m. in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.

Its a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the regions top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderogas annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.

Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. at Wicker Ford. For entry information contact Jim Cunningham, 26 Amherst Ave., Ticonderoga, (phone 585-7291, Email jim4c4@yahoo.com ).

Race information can also be found online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website www.lachute.us

Entry fee is $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 16.

This years cartoon-themed parade will begin at 2 p.m.

There will be a concert by Mixed Nuts, a Glens Falls band, at 7 p.m.

The fireworks display will be held at about 9:45 p.m. The park will close at 11 p.m.

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