Mayor’s Cup schedule announced

— A boat parade of lights will launch the 2012 Mayor's Cup regatta and festival.

"I feel very optimistic, especially if the weather cooperates," said Plattsburgh City Mayor Donald Kasprzak.

The 2012 Mayor's Cup regatta and festival, presented by the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary and the City of Plattsburgh, is holding its 35th edition July 12-15.

"We have some very good entertainment scheduled," Kasprzak said. "Some groups will be offering things to the public that have never been offered before."

The sixth annual Mayor's Cup Boat Parade of Lights kicks off the festival the evening of July 12 at the Plattsburgh waterfront. The competition determines who best decorates their decks for a nighttime cruise on the lake.

The July 13 Mayor's Cup music program opens with the Glengarry Bhoys, who will perform at the Lions Club Bandshell near the McDonough Monument on City Hall Place from 7 to 9 p.m.

The regatta, which has become an anticipated annual event on Lake Champlain, occurs throughout the day on July 14, followed by the annual barbecue and awards ceremony at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin.

Later that night, Rick Davies and the Bearcat Ramblers start a night of music at the Bandshell from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Gibson Brothers, winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2011 Album of the Year, take the stage at 8 p.m.

The festival also features the fireworks show in downtown Plattsburgh that night.

The final event, on July 15, is the CVPH Mayor's Cup Bike Ride at CVPH Medical Center at 9 a.m.

Mayor's Cup T-shirts will be available for pre-sale online for the discounted price of $18, starting April 1. Visit www.mayorscup.com to purchase the shirts that can be picked up one week from the date of purchase at Eye Care for the Adirondacks, 450 Margaret St.

Shirts will be available for $20 starting June 12, both online and at area vendors. Call Kathy Duley at 572-2534 with any questions.

For information on sponsor opportunities contact Kevin Kehoe at 561-0668 or sponsor@mayorscup.com.

Registrations are now being accepted for the regatta and Parade of Lights events. Inquiries may be directed to Kjell Dahlen at 561-4100, 566-2020. regatta@mayorscup.com; or to Jake DeSnyder at 566-9198 and parade@mayorscup.com.

"We think some of the little changes will draw more people downtown," Kasprzak said. "The main goal is to draw people downtown and to get people to enjoy entertainment."

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