The celebration of the Lake Champlain Bridge truly was a grand celebration with events, food, vendors and live performances on both sides of the lake in New York and Vermont. There was a wonderful parade and a fireworks display that lit up the sky over the bridge.
It has been amazing to see a group of people come together, not only to plan and implement such an amazing celebration, but to work together to ensure the prosperous future of this area.
The celebration was not only for the community but area visitors as well. The chamber was the information center on the New York side and it gave us a great opportunity to showcase the Ticonderoga area and all it has to offer with its amazing scenic beauty, rich history, many recreational opportunities and events throughout the year.
It has been a difficult time for area businesses in dealing with the bridge closure over the past two years.
The bridge really was and is a lifeline within the Lake Champlain corridor. Although we certainly went through trying times with the closure, it truly has brought the communities surrounding the bridge closer together.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the of leaders, volunteers, emergency services and police personnel, the business community, vendors and all those who made this celebration and make so many events possible. Thank you for your continued dedication to the Ticonderoga area.
Events are a perfect opportunity not only to draw visitors to the region, but to showcase the amazing area that we all live in. There are so many great events planned for 2012 within the Ticonderoga area, thanks to the hard work and dedication of area organizations, volunteers and committees.
I would also like to thank the local and regional media for their dedication in covering, promoting and showcasing events. The media truly is a key component to ensuring the success of events within the area.
Matthew Courtright is executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.