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Mayor's Cup planning under way

PLATTSBURGH - The Sunrise Rotary Club and city of Plattsburgh have unveiled plans for this year's Mayor's Cup and Regatta Festival.

The 34th annual event - to be held Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10 - will this year coincide with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh Alumni Weekend, which is anticipated to increase attendance at Mayor's Cup events. Mayor's Cup will kick off July 7 with live music downtown and the 5th annual Boat Parade of Lights beginning at Wilcox Dock and ending at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin off Dock Street.

The Naked Turtle will host the Alumni Weekend barbecue the night of Friday, July 8, with entertainment provided by Glass Onion that night at the Lions Club Bandshell downtown.

Mayor's Cup events will increase that Saturday, July 9, beginning with the regatta at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin and the "Round the Island" kayak race at Valcour Island, both starting at 9 a.m. The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will also begin hosting activities downtown at that time, with pony rides, medieval jousting, treasure hunts and other family-oriented activities expected to round out the day.

Other events that day will include the Mayor's Cup Regatta awards at the Naked Turtle and performances by the Legends of Southern Rock and Rick Davies and the Bearcat Ramblers at the Lions Club Bandshell before a fireworks celebration downtown.

On July 10, the weekend will begin to wind down, starting with the CVPH Mountain to Lake Bike Ride starting at CVPH Medical Center and variety show Circus Smirkus at Plattsburgh City Beach. Circus Smirkus will have a second performance that Monday, July 11.

The Mayor's Cup Web site, www.mayorscup.com, and city Web site, www.cityofplattsburgh-ny.gov,will have more information about the event as it becomes available. For more information, contact the Mayor's Cup Landlubber Events Committee at 563-7701, Waterfront Events Committee at 565-5595, and Arts Events Committee at 563-1604.

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