TICONDEROGA - Waterfest will return to Ticonderoga this summer.
A celebration of local water resources, Waterfest will be held in Bicentennial park Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
That same day the 2009 Celebration Champlain Committee, co-sponsored by the Ticonderoga Historical Society and town, will dedicate a monument in Bicentennial Park to mark the spot Samuel de Champlain first visited the area.
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."
Throughout the day there will be exhibitors, children's games, a toddler fishing derby and seat belt and child safety seat demonstrations by the Essex County Sheriff's Department. There will also be kayak and canoe demonstrations.
The children's 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.
Paper-making demonstrations will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Ti Heritage Museum 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.
Parking for Waterfest will be available at North Country Community College.