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Best Fourth to honor tradition

Applications and information on Ti Idol are available online at www.best4thinthenorth.com and on Facebook.

"It really brought people to the park; people loved it," Brown said of Ti Idol. "But the preliminary rounds really didn't make any money. So we decided to hold the entire competition in the park."

The 2011 Best Fourth in the North will feature the traditional activities in Bicentennial Park - amusement rides, games, live music, vendors and more.

Sticking with the nostalgic theme, organizers are planning additional events to reflect past July Fourth celebrations. There will be a pie eating contest, potato sack race, a three-legged race and other activities.

Monday, July 4, will feature the Montcalm Mile, a bed race, a parade and fire works.

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

The Montcalm Mile will start in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.

A record field of more than 200 runners competed in the 2010 Montcalm Mile. Race director Jim Cunningham hopes to top that mark this year.

It's a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region's top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga's annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.

Registration starts at 1 p.m. at Wicker Ford. For entry information contact Cunningham, 26 Amherst Ave., Ticonderoga (Email jim4c4@yahoo.com).

Race information can also be found online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website at www.lachute.us.

Entry fee is $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 16.

Awards will be presented to all finishers. Age group results will be posted on the website www.lachute.us.

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

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

Registration information for the bed race is available online at www.best4thinthenorth.com.

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