Mayor's Cup to return next week

PLATTSBURGH - Whether you're a seafaring soul or a landlubbing drylander, the Sunrise Rotary Club and City of Plattsburgh are aiming to cure what ails ye.

The annual Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival returns next week, Thursday, July 8, through Sunday, July 11, with many events the community has come to look forward to, said public relations coordinator Gail Recore.

"I'm very excited about it," Recore said of planning the event. "It's come along really well this year."

Organizers are teaming up this year with the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts to create more events downtown this year, said Recore. Working with NCCCA executive director Susan R. Daul, Mayor's Cup organizers have been able to arrange for decorative downtown window displays, children's events and even a "See Food Sculpture Contest" which consists of works of art made from canned good that will be later donated to local food pantries.

"Sue Daul has really been instrumental in making a lot of new and unique things happen this year," said Recore. "There will especially be all kinds of stuff going on for kids which is going to be really fun and [the NCCCA] will be having one of their Jumpin' in July concerts during Mayor's Cup. We're really excited about that."

Returning this year to kick off Mayor's Cup will be the Boat Parade of Lights beginning at Wilcox Dock Thursday night. This year's parade will feature a "Christmas in July" theme.

"People get excited about decorating their boats and getting them out onto the waterfront so people can view them," said Recore. "It's just a fun competition and everyone really enjoys it."

The Mayor's Cup Regatta, one of the signature events for the extended weekend event, takes place Saturday morning and is also a highly-anticipated part of the festival.

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