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‘Best Fourth’ organizers thankful; working on 2013

Sponsors, volunteers needed

The “Best Fourth in the North” was a rousing success, according to organizers, thanks to the support of community sponsors. The four-day July 4th celebration attracted hundreds of people to downtown Ticonderoga for a carnival, parade, concerts, bed race, road race, fireworks and more.

The “Best Fourth in the North” was a rousing success, according to organizers, thanks to the support of community sponsors. The four-day July 4th celebration attracted hundreds of people to downtown Ticonderoga for a carnival, parade, concerts, bed race, road race, fireworks and more. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The “Best Fourth in the North” was a rousing success, according to organizers, thanks to the support of community sponsors.

The four-day July 4th celebration attracted hundreds of people to downtown Ticonderoga for a carnival, parade, concerts, bed race, road race, fireworks and more. It was planned by the “Best Fourth in the North” committee, a subcommittee of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.

“On behalf of the ‘Best Fourth In The North’ committee we would like to thank all of the sponsors and donors for the 2012 celebration,” said Debbie Barber, committee chairwoman. “Without your dedication and support the celebration would not be possible. We appreciate the community’s support of the celebration.”

“As a newcomer to the ‘Best Fourth’ committee, I am amazed at how much a small group of dedicated volunteers has been able to accomplish,” said John Bartlett, chairman of the TMSP. “For example, the expanded fireworks display has been amazing.”

The price tag for the annual celebration is about $30,000, which includes the parade, bands for the parade, entertainment, carnival and vendors in Bicentennial Park as well as the fireworks display. The town of Ticonderoga does provide support for the celebration, but the majority of the funding is raised by the “Best Fourth in the North” committee.

All donations made to the “Best Fourth in the North” celebration are tax deductible because the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

Besides donations, the organizing committee is seeking volunteers for the 2013 festivities. This year about a half dozen people planned and put on the event.

“We encourage you to support the Fourth of July celebration by attending fundraisers held throughout the year, by making a donation or by volunteering some of your time to help,” Bartlett said. “We hope to make the ‘Best Fourth in the North’ even bigger and better next year and, with your help and support, we will make this a reality."

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