Battle of Plattsburgh returns

"There's a pathway there in the woods that looks almost exactly the way it would look in 1814," he said. "This is going to be new and different ... people can attend and have plenty of time to get back into the city for the events going on there."

Other new events back in the city, like the Plattsburgh Noon Rotary Club's Bed Race and a soup cook-off hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Champlain Valley will help round out the weekend.

Downtown Plattsburgh, particularly around City Hall Place, will transform to a 19th century setting during the weekend, and be home to several music acts and performances.

"During the week there's a concert every night," said VanCour. "There's a mixture of varieties of music that would satisfy, we would hope, everybody's musical tastes. We could call this the Plattsburgh Music Festival with the number of different varieties of groups we've got going on."

One particular performance event co-chair Christopher "Kit" Booth is looking forward to is by Her Majesty's Royal Marine Band of Cobourg, Ontario, Saturday evening. The band will perform at Stafford Middle School, and make their appearance extra special by performing "The March to Plattsburgh," a piece that hasn't been publicly performed since 1916.

"It was written especially for the camps that were here prior to and during the First World War. It was written just for Plattsburgh," said Booth. "It hasn't been heard in almost a hundred years."

Events like the Plucky Rooster Contest, which tests people's creative skills in assembling model roosters out of everyday materials, will be among the returning events this year.

"These are fun-type roosters that are made of goodness knows what - something out of your garage, something out of your trash heap. Who knows," said Booth. "It's a fun thing."

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