Ticonderoga “The Best Fourth in the North” is months away, but Ticonderoga will have an Independence Day feeling Saturday, March 31.
That’s when the “The Best Fourth in the North” committee will hold a pair of fund raising events. The annual Ticonderoga High School alumni basketball tournament will be played and the Ti Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner. Both will benefit the annual July 4th celebration.
“Please join us as a spectator of the alumni basketball tournament and for a spaghetti dinner to support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’ celebration,” Debbie Barber, committee chairwoman, said. “Without dedicated volunteers, supporters and the community the celebration would not be possible.
“The celebration costs between $26-$30,000 and this fund raiser along with the fundraisers held throughout the year and donations from the community make it all possible,” she said.
The alumni basketball tournament has been a popular Ticonderoga event for years.
“For over a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School to help support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’,” said Bob Dedrick, tournament organizer and a former Ti High coach. “This year is no exception.
“Alumni who have graduated in the 1980s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against other graduates and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration,” he said.
This year’s tourney will begin at noon. All players are asked to arrive at 11 a.m.
The day will feature four games with the last game for the championship. Teams are determined by the year of graduation.
“This allows graduates to compete with players who were on the roster while in high school,” Dedrick said. “Each game is closely contested, where youth usually competes against experience.”