Plans under way for Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration

PLATTSBURGH Plans for the 11th annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration are well under way, with those interested in being an active part in the week of family events encouraged to participate in the planning process. Three activities, in particular, encourage public participation the Plucky Rooster Contest, the Cannonball Fun Run and the annual parade. The Plucky Rooster Contest is open to all ages, individuals and groups, families and businesses. The contest requires a rooster to be constructed using any materials of ones choice. The rooster must be three-dimensional and a minimum of three-feet high. The creations will be on display in Trinity Park Sept. 13. More information is on the entry form which must be received by Sept. 6, along with a $5 entry fee. Forms are available at the Corner-Stone Bookshop, North Country Co-op and Skyway Aubuchon Hardware or by calling 561-4296. The Cannonball Fun Run will include five-kilometer and 10-kilometer races as well as a one-mile run/walk. Registration for the five- and 10-kilometer races is $15 and registration for the run/walk is $10. Pre-registration entries include a T-shirt if the entry is postmarked by Sept. 1. The five and 10-kilometer racers will receive participation medals and first, second and third place medals. Ribbons and certificates will be awarded for the one-mile run/walk. The entry form is available from Jack Barrette, 94 Bradford Road, Plattsburgh. Floats and marchers are invited to join in the parade one of the largest parades in the North Country. This years theme is Women in American History. This category will receive a special award, and other historic and patriotic themes are encouraged. Children on bikes are most welcome. For more information or a parade application, call 298-2671 or e-mail bopvolunteer@yahoo.com. The volunteer committee relies heavily on the sales of admission buttons to be able to meet the costs associated with the concerts, bands and all the other entertainment provided from Sept. 6-14. Buttons are on sale now at Corner-Stone Bookshop, North Country Co-op, Aubuchons, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Kent Delord House, Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, Clinton County Historical Association, Rulfs Orchard and all Key Bank offices in Clinton and Franklin counties. The price through August is $8. In September, the cost will be $10. Kids ages 18 and younger are free. The buttons will provide admission to all events indoor and outdoor concerts, taverns, the parade, fireworks and re-enactments. The Committee urges everyone to support the commemoration by buying the admission button, said Jane Claffey, sales coordinator. Though a small amount for the quality and quantity of entertainment offered, the total of button sales have a significant effect on our budget. This year, with reduced funding from other sources, its especially important.

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