Ti hopes to duplicate success

TICONDEROGA The Adirondack Waterfest held in Ticonderoga this past summer was a rousing success. So much so, in fact, that community leaders would like to do it all over again in 2008.

It was a huge success, Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said at the Sept. 13 town board meeting. About 1,500-2,000 people attended, and it generated a great deal of business in Ticonderoga.

The town has about $1,100 remining in its waterfest budget, money it hopes to use to stage a similar event next summer, Dedrick said.

It wont be called the Adirondack Waterfest, though. The Adirondack Waterfest is an annual event held each summer to highlight the regions water resources by the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation & Development Council. It rotates throughout the Adirondacks, held each summer in a different community along a river, stream or lake.

But while Waterfest wont return to Ti in 2008, another event is being planned by the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership with assistance from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Yes, we are planning a repeat event annually for the second Saturday in July, said Kristi Mars, of PRIDE and the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership. The programs may differ slightly but the family water theme will still be the focus.

Deb Malaney, executive director of the Ti chamber, said that since Waterfest was such a great success, shes looking forward to working with the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership to developing the 2008 program.

The 2007 Adirondack Waterfest, held in Bicentennial Park along the LaChute River, featured music, games, exhibits and food. There were live reptiles and amphibians, kayak demonstrations and river tours of the LaChute, fly-tying demonstrations, music by Ti Idol contestants, a water slide, a bouncy tent, a fishing derby and childrens games.

Taking part in planning the 2007 event were the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership, the Ti chamber, the town of Ticonderoga, the Essex County Youth Bureau, the Essex County Planning Commission, the Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the Essex County Visitors Bureau, the Lake George Watershed Conference, the International Paper Foundation, Trout Unlimited, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Lake ChamplainLake George Program Planning Board, and the water-quality-control commissions of Essex, Clinton, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

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