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Best Fourth in the North set in Ticonderoga

Independence celebration July 1-4

Ticonderoga will mark the birth of a nation with a four-day celebration. The annual Best Fourth in the North will be held July 1-4. It’s the largest event in the community each year.

Ticonderoga will mark the birth of a nation with a four-day celebration. The annual Best Fourth in the North will be held July 1-4. It’s the largest event in the community each year. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Ticonderoga will mark the birth of a nation with a four-day celebration.

The annual Best Fourth in the North will be held July 1-4. It’s the largest event in the community each year.

“The Best Fourth In The North Celebration does attract many visitors to the Ticonderoga area every year, which supports local businesses and the local economy,” said Matt Courtright, a Best Fourth committee member and chamber executive director.

Highlighting the festivities will be a road race, bed race and parade July 4th.

The 26th annual Montcalm Mile, one of the fastest, most-competitive road races in the North Country, will start at 1:45 p.m. 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 2011 Montcalm Mile.

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 Jay Wells, race director, at 90 The Portage, Ticonderoga 12883 or by Email at jaywells@yahoo.com. Race information can also be found online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website — www.lachute.us

Race information is also available online at www.best4thinthenorth.com and from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Entry fee is $10 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 16.

The bed race will immediately follow the Montcalm Mile foot race, just before the 2 p.m. parade. The bed race will begin at the Ti fire house and finish near the Heritage Museum.

Registration for the bed race and parade is now open. Parade and bed race applications as well as rules and regulations are available online at www.best4thintthenorth.com and at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office. Applications can be returned to the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1, Ticonderoga 12883.

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