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Champ Day celebration scheduled

PORT HENRY - Sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, the 29th annual Champ Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 7

It will feature sidewalk sales, street vendors, entertainment, children's games, pony rides and a "Champ Hunt" starting at 9 a.m.

Interested vendors can call Jack Woods, chamber president, at 546-7212.

The "Champ Hunt" will feature "Champ Dollars" in local businesses. "Champ Dollars" can be redeemed for actual money at Sagan's on Main Street.

A DJ and live entertainment will perform throughout the day on the steps of the Lee House.

In conjunction with the downtown Port Henry activities there will be a book sale at the Sherman Free Library 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a town-wide lawn sale.

The library books will be specially priced with hardback and paperback books being four for $1 and children's books six for $1.

Author Ed Shankman will mark the release of his book Champ and Me during Champ Day festivities. He will be at the Champ And Me table on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The book is the story of a girl who comes face-to-face with the mythical beast of Lake Champlain.

The alleged Lake Champlain creature, "Champ," has been seen near Port Henry for hundreds of years. Crypto-zoologists think the creature may be a plesiosaur, a large under water reptile not seen since prehistoric times.

Champlain sighted "Champ" in July 1609 and described the creature as a "20 foot serpent thick as a barrel with a head like a horse." Some believe that "Champ" is a large lake sturgeon.

In 1977, Sandra Mansi photographed "Champ" while she was having a picnic with friends. This is the best known photograph of the creature. This picture was published by Time and various other magazines. "Champ" has been featured on NBC TV's Unsolved Mysteries and Fox Network's Sightings, as well as on Japanese television and The Today Show. It has been the subject of books and hundreds of newspaper articles.

A "Champ" sightings board at the southern entrance to Port Henry on Route 9N lists the names of people who have seen the lake monster.

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