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Dozer Day to return to Fairgrounds next Saturday

MORRISONVILLE Bulldozers, backhoes and loaders will fill Clinton County Fairgrounds as Dozer Day returns for its second year. The event, hosted by the Plattsburgh Kiwanis Breakfast Club and the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties, will be held next Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event organizer Tonia Finnegan said children of all ages will find something to do at the family-oriented event. Its basically a construction theme park, explained Finnegan. Kids can come to the fairgrounds and get up on equipment, pick up sand and move things around with the help of construction professionals. Dozer Day will also include a Pros and Joes competition for adults, which will pit professional construction workers against one another and amateurs versus amateurs in various skills competitions. The event will also include a fire safety program from the Clinton County Office of Emergency Services and other activities provided by the Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police and Cumberland Head Volunteer Fire Department. There will even be a petting zoo for the younger crowd, sponsored by Country Dreams Farm of Plattsburgh, said Finnegan. Its basically a day of fun thats all about kids, said Finnegan. The whole philosophy is to just have fun. Finnegan said she would like to top last years attendance, which totaled 2,500 people. With the positive feedback she has received from last years event, she doesnt think that will be a problem. People I talked to after last years event said it was phenomenal and that we should plan on twice as many people this year, said Finnegan. Im really excited because this will help raise money for the Big Buddy Program. The program, explained Finnegan, is a youth mentoring program run by the JCEO, similar to the mission of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. At-risk youths are paired with an age-appropriate, same gender Big Buddy who has committed to mentoring for one year. Last years event raised $3,500 for the program, an amount Finnegan hopes to exceed this year. The cost of admission to Dozer Day will be $5 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12 and free for children ages 3 and younger. The event will also offer a family pass for $20. The first 1,000 children to enter will receive a free plastic construction hard hat courtesy of Durocher Auto Sales, Plattsburgh.

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