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Tourney to assist Ticonderoga July 4th celebration

June 2 and 3 in Putnam

A Putnam softball tournament will benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration. The co-ed, slow-pitch, double-elimination event will be played June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field.

A Putnam softball tournament will benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration. The co-ed, slow-pitch, double-elimination event will be played June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field.

— A Putnam softball tournament will benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.

The co-ed, slow-pitch, double-elimination event will be played June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field.

“The yearly Best Fourth In The North Softball Ball Tournament is not only a wonderful event, but a great fundraiser for our celebration,” said Starr Pinkowski, tournament chairwoman and a member of the Best Fourth committee. “Without ongoing fundraisers like the tournament, the Best Fourth In The North Celebration would not be possible.”

The tournament field will feature 10 teams of 10 players each. Each team must have at last three women.

There is a $180 registration fee for each team. To register call 321-4246. A schedule of games will be drawn the Thursday before the tournament.

“In addition (to teams) we are looking for volunteers to assist with the tournament,” Pinkowski said. “If you are interested please contact a committee member.”

A concession stand will be open serving breakfast, lunch and assorted beverages.

All proceeds from the tournament and the concession stand will benefit the Best Fourth In The North celebration.

The celebration has an annual price tag of about $30,000, according to Debbie Barber, Best Fourth committee chairwoman. That budget includes the parade, bands for the parade, bands in Bicentennial Park, entertainment, the carnival and vendors as well as fireworks. The town of Ticonderoga does provide support for the July 4th celebration, but much of the funding is raised through the work of the Best Fourth in the North committee.

All donations made to the Best Fourth in the North celebration are tax deductible since the group is now part of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, a not-for-profit organization.

“All donations from community members, visitors and area businesses are always very much appreciated and help greatly to make this event possible,” Barber said.

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