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Waterfest returns to Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA Waterfest will return to Ticonderoga this summer. A celebration of local water resources, Waterfest will be held in Bicentennial park Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year Waterfest attracted about 2,000 people. This is one of the busiest days in the town throughout the entire year, Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said. Spectators come from all over to take part in this event. This one event sponsored by the promotion committee of the Mainstreet Project is one of the most successful events in bringing a large number of people into our downtown. This event is for the young, middle ages and seniors, he added. It is a joy to see so many people so involved. A special thanks to all who participate. Dedrick co-chairs the event along with Kristi Mars. Throughout the day there will be exhibitors, childrens games, a toddler fishing derby and seat belt and child safety seat demonstrations by the Essex County Sheriffs Department. There will also be kayak and canoe demonstrations. The childrens games will include a water slide and bouncy tent. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. there will be guided tours of the LaChute River Walk. There will be live music and square dancing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the gazebo in the park. Chris Shaw, Adirondack songwriter and singer, will perform at 12:30 in the gazebo. Paper-making demonstrations will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Ti Heritage Musuem at the entrance to the park. The Ticonderoga Fire Department will present a dive rescue demonstration at 3:30 p.m. at laChute Falls. Guided tours of the LaChute Hydro facility will be conducted every hour 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Waterfest will conclude with the sixth annual LaChute River Duck Race to benefit PRIDE of Ticonderoga. Ducks are $5 and may be purchased at the PRIDE office or at Adams Rib, Emeralds, Gourmet Gal or Old Mill Caf_ Ducks will jump from the Frazier Bridge at 4:30 at the close of the Waterfest and race to the LaChute Falls. Winners will receive $150, $100 or $50. Fourth and fifth place winners will receive official duck race caps. A Decoy Duck Decorating Contest will also be held. This years themes are the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War and the 100th anniversary of Moses Ludington Hospital. Ducks will be judged on best costume, most creative, and theme. Ducks are $25 and may be purchased at the PRIDE office. All costumed ducks will be displayed at the Waterfest. Call Cynthia Fairbanks at 585-6366 for more information. Parking for Waterfest will be available at North Country Community College. Waterfest is sponsored and supported by the town of Ticonderoga, Essex County Youth Bureau, Essex County Planning Department, Essex County Soil & Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, Essex County Visitors Bureau, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, Lake George Watershed Conference, International Paper Foundation, Essex County WQCCS, Greater Adirondack RC&D Council, Lake George Regional Planning Board, Lowes of Ticonderoga and McDonalds of Ticonderoga.

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