PLATTSBURGH - For 32 years, the Mayor's Cup Festival has been a feature event in the Plattsburgh area. This year, it is working alongside the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial events planned in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival.
During an April 16 press conference at the city's new Waterfront Park on Lake Champlain, Dr. Jake DeSnyder, co-chair for the Mayor's Cup Waterfront Events and Sunrise Rotary Club member, was joined by fellow co-chairs Dr. Kjell Dahlen and Gail Recore, Quadricentennial committee member Jennifer LaFontaine, and City Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak to announce some of the plans set in place for this year's Mayor's Cup Festival.
DeSnyder explained the Sunrise Rotary often makes income from the Mayor's Cup, which they have been hosting for the last 18 years. Every year, they donate it back to the community, though this year they have a specific goal in mind.
"This year, we're going to dedicate a good portion of that to a project which we're going to develop in the new city park," he explained. "I think it's a natural tie-in."
Kasprzak said he was "very appreciative" to the Sunrise Rotary for giving back to the city.
"It's very important and appreciated that we're all working together on these types of events," said Kasprzak. "The economy is struggling somewhat, but the generosity of the North Country for these types of events has been excellent so far."
The mayor spoke of some of the events planned for this year, including having fireworks during the Fourth of July celebration at the City of Plattsburgh Beach and again July 10 at the waterfront.
"We're going to try to spread that enjoyment, both out there at the beach as well as downtown, which I hope pleases a lot of people," he said.
Another event being planned is the annual Boat Parade of Lights competition July 9. All competitors will receive a commemorative Quadricentennial boat flag "to celebrate the Quadricentennial this year," said LaFontaine.