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Third annual Ti StreetFest plans under way

TICONDEROGA-The annual Ticonderoga StreetFest promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Sponsored by the The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership's Enterprise Committee, the third annual event will be held Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"When we completed the second StreetFest last July, we did an assessment and set objectives to make StreetFest 2011 even better than the two previous events," said Rolly Allen, committee chairman.

"The committee hopes to increase the participation of Montcalm St. businesses as well as other businesses in town," he added. "Additionally, more craftspeople and vendors will be sought to fill the street. In cooperation with the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, StreetFest will also include artists and artisans who wish to participate."

Montcalm Street will be closed from Lake George Avenue to Champlain Avenue for the event, creating a pedestrian mall in the downtown area.

"We want to meet the needs of local and regional consumers," said Allen, "by including something for everyone and we are particularly sensitive to making this event fun for all. Therefore, the committee will again have opportunities for young and old, entertainment, vintage autos, boats and specialty foods, clowns, farmer's market vendors and lots of other things to sample, see, buy and enjoy."

Vendors and others who wish to participate in StreetFest can go to the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership website www.timainstreet.org, contact the Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619 or call Sue Rathbun at Rathbun Jewelers at 585-2244.

Joining Allen in the StreetFest committee are Rathbun, Sandie Bolton, Darlene Treadway, Ross Kelley, Nancy Kelley, Bob Dedrick, Art Hatfield, Pam Nolan, Diane Faranick, Matt Courtright, Neil Rypkema, John Reale, Chattie Van Wert, Mark Johns, Nicole Pressley and Donna Van Wirt.

Also assisting are John Bartlett, chairman of TMSP, Sharon Reynolds of Pride, Beth Hill of Fort Ticonderoga and town of Ticonderoga officials and employees.

"There is a lot to do to pull this off and it takes the best efforts of a big group of volunteers," said Allen. "The committee wants everyone to participate and enjoy this one day festival and after the longest winter in memory. Pray for good weather."

The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership seeks to create meaningful, long-term change in Ticonderoga's traditional business district and to promote economic revitalization and consequent historic preservation by employing precepts of the National Trust Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservations.

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