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Celebration to mark bridge opening

May 19 and 20

The Lake Champlain Bridge Community, composed of New York and Vermont residents, will hold a grand opening gala for the Lake Champlain Bridge May 19 and 20.

The Lake Champlain Bridge Community, composed of New York and Vermont residents, will hold a grand opening gala for the Lake Champlain Bridge May 19 and 20.

— Hoxie said the Lake Champlain Bridge Community expects 10,000 people to attend the two-day affair.

Things will get under way with an opening ceremony May 19 at 9 a.m. at Fort St. Frederick at the Crown Point, N.Y., State Historic Site. Following the ceremony there will be a “Meet & Greet” with dignitaries at the Crown Point State Historic Site Museum until 11 a.m.

Vendors will open at 10 a.m. and the bridge parade will start at 11 a.m. from the Vermont side of the lake. The Chimney Point, Vt., State Historic Site, will open immediately following the parade. At 1 p.m. there will be a boat flotilla on the lake and musical performances will begin. There will be a vintage car show 1 to 5 p.m. at Crown Point State Historic Site.

The Chimney Point State Historic Site will close at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. musical performances will end and vendors will close for the day along with the Crown Point State Historic Site Museum. Food vendors will close at 6:30 p.m.

People are invited to line up at the Chimney Point State Historic Site at 6:15 p.m. to dance across the bridge’s pedestrian walkway to the Crown Point State Historic Site, where there will be a street dance beginning at 7 p.m.

Activities will resume on May 20 with a 6 a.m. Sunrise Service on pedestrian walkway.

At 10 a.m. vendors, the Chimney Point State Historic Site Museum and Crown Point State Historic Site Museum will open and musical performances will begin. The vintage car show will again be open 1 to 5 p.m. at Crown Point State Historic Site. At 3 p.m. there will be a 5-kilometer road race that starts at the Crown Point State Historic Site, crosses the bridge and returns to the New York side of the lake.

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