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Second annual Streetfest offers something for everyone

TICONDEROGA - The community of Ticonderoga will be host to the second annual Streetfest Saturday, July 31, bringing a mix of arts and craft vendors, food kiosks and other unique exhibitors to Main Street.

The event, which is quickly evolving into one of the region's premiere family-friendly arts and craft fairs, drew more than 2,000 people during its inaugural year.

"Downtown Ticonderoga will become a festive pedestrian mall with food, live entertainment, interesting things to see, and opportunities to purchase unique crafts and gifts," said organizer Sue Rathbun, who chairs the Ticonderoga Montcalm Partnership, sponsor of Streetfest.

To facilitate Streetfest, Montcalm Street - the main thoroughfare in Ticonderoga - will be shut down from Lake George Avenue at Sunshine Laundry to Champlain Avenue at Glens Falls National Bank.

The street will close at 8 a.m. for set-up, with the event kicking off at 10 a.m. Fort Ticonderoga's award-winning Fife and Drum Corps will open the event with a performance down the center of the street, followed by other musical groups who will provide live entertainment throughout the day.

Main Street will be filled with arts and craft vendors, specialty food kiosks, sidewalk sales, a farmers market, and a display of antique cars, boats and other exhibitors.

There will be plenty for kids to do as well, with hands-on arts demonstrations and Penelope the Clown offering face painting and balloon art throughout the day.

Participating vendors will range from artisans specializing in wood crafts, toys, jewelry, glass and rustic furniture to food vendors offering tasty treats like snow-cones, deep-fried Oreos, fried dough and other specialties.

In addition, downtown businesses will join the fray with kiosks and specials, creating a downtown atmosphere not unlike Burlington's popular Church Street.

"Our first Streetfest last year was a great success," Rathbun said, noting planning for this year's event began even earlier. "We're determined that this year will be bigger and better. We look forward to welcoming people from the whole area of northern New York, as well as our friends from across Lake Champlain in Vermont."

The event will close at 4 p.m. with the street reopening to vehicles at 5 p.m. A list of participating crafters, car and boat dealers and the location of each will be available to visitors as they enter either end of Streetfest.

Since the event is weather-dependent, a rain date has been scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 1.

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