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Ti Idol canceled

TICONDEROGA - Ti Idol is no more.

The local talent contest, based on the popular television series "American Idol," will not be held in 2010.

It was sponsored by the Best Fourth in the North Committee to raise money for the community's annual Independence Day celebration.

"It just hasn't made the money that it use to," explained Molly Bechard, a committee member.

Ti Idol had been held each of the past six years, attracting 50 or more acts. It featured three rounds of competition with the finals in Bicentennial Park on July 4th.

The event was open to individual vocal performances only in junior (ages 7-12), teen (ages 13-18) and adult categories.

All contestants had to reside full time within a 45-mile radius of Ticonderoga and be an amateur. No bands or electrical instruments were permitted.

While Ti Idol has been cancelled, fund raising for the Best Fourth in the North celebration will continue.

The committee will hold a dinner-dance Saturday, March 27 at the EMA.

Cocktails will be served 6-7 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Following dinner there will be dancing until midnight.

Bechard said there will be a DJ and raffles throughout the night.

Tickets are $20 a person in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Century 21 or from any committee member.

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