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‘Best Fourth’ fund raising efforts begin

Volunteers, funding sought

It’s months until Ticonderoga hosts its annual “Best Fourth in the North,” but planning and well under way. This year the organizing committee for the July 4th celebration has established a fund raising goal of $30,000.

It’s months until Ticonderoga hosts its annual “Best Fourth in the North,” but planning and well under way. This year the organizing committee for the July 4th celebration has established a fund raising goal of $30,000. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— It’s months until Ticonderoga hosts its annual “Best Fourth in the North,” but planning and well under way.

So is fund raising. This year the organizing committee for the July 4th celebration has established a goal of $30,000.

“In 2011 the total cost was $26,000, which included fireworks, parade, bands for the parade, park entertainment, Ti Idol as well as necessities to make an event of this size possible,” said Debbie Barber, Best Fourth committee chairwoman. “For the 2012 celebration we are looking to continue to grow and expand and have set a goal of $30,000 for fund raising.

“The town of Ticonderoga does contribute monetarily to the celebration, which assists in defraying a portion of the fireworks cost and is greatly appreciated,” Barber added. “We are working with new entertainers, past performers and all of our vendors to make the 2012 celebration successful. The Best Fourth in the North committee is dedicated to providing area residents and visitors with the best Fourth of July experience in the North Country.”

To meet its fund raising goals, the committee has scheduled a series of events.

There will be a pan fishing tournament Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Ticonderoga ferry landing. There will be a chicken barbecue March 2 at the Ti Knights of Columbus. The annual Ticonderoga High School alumni basketball tournament and spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday, March 31. Coins drops are scheduled June 23, June 24 and July 7. There will also be several raffles throughout the year.

Donations from community members, seasonal residents, area visitors, businesses and organizations are greatly appreciated, Barber said.

“Every penny helps us in reaching our fund raising goals to make the Best Fourth in the North celebration possible every year.” said Starr Pinkowski, a committee member. “If you are able to assist the committee, your contributions would greatly be appreciated and valued.

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