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Bed race to be held in Ti

TICONDEROGA - A tradition will return during this year's "Best Fourth in the North" celebration.

A bed race will be held along Ticonderoga's Montcalm Street following the Montcalm Mile and before the annual July 4th parade.

"We encourage individual, associations, organizations and businesses to participate," said Molly Bechard of the July 4th committee, noting Ti used to host a bed race. "We hope to bring back something fun and something that people look forward to watching."

The 24th annual Montcalm Mile will race along the parade route at 1:45 p.m. It will be followed by the bed race and then the annual parade at 2 p.m.

The bed race will start at the Ti fire house and end at the Heritage Museum. It will feature five-member teams.

"At the halfway point there will be a fire drill," Bechard said. "The (team) member on the bed will have to take a pusher's spot and a pusher will have to become a rider. Silly costumes are encouraged, but please keep in mind this is a family event."

There will be a $25 registration fee for each team. A section of the fire house parking lot will be set aside for beds.

Registration, rules and registration forms for the race can be obtained on line at best4thinthenorth.com or at Century 21.

Tentative plans call for a four-day celebration in 2010.

Festivities in Bicentennial Park are expected to start Thursday, July 1, with the annual amusement rides, games, vendors and entertainment.

Bands The Heard and Lord Howe are scheduled to perform in the park on Friday.

Daniel Ray Edwards will return for a Saturday performance.

The committee is arranging to have an Elvis impersonator perform on Sunday prior to the annual fireworks display.

Sunday will also feature the annual Montcalm Mile road race and the traditional July 4th parade.

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