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Return of an old Mayor’s Cup favorite

Mayor Donald Kasprazak and Sue Durocher welcome guests to the award ceremony on July 14 at the Naked Turtle.

Mayor Donald Kasprazak and Sue Durocher welcome guests to the award ceremony on July 14 at the Naked Turtle. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Downtown Plattsburgh will once again play host to the Mayor’s Cup. Beginning Thursday, July 11 and wrapping up Sunday, July 14, Mayor’s Cup 2013 will feature numerous activities on land and lake.

To kick off the four-day event, the 7th annual Boat Parade of Lights will set sail on Thursday, July 11 at dusk traveling from Wilcox Dock to the Naked Turtle. Any craft, from canoes to motor boats are encouraged to enter.

The popular Mayor’s Cup Idol returns after seven years, with the semi-finals taking place Friday, July 12 and finals, the next evening. Auditions for Mayor’s Cup Idol will be on Thursday, July 4 in Trinity Park after the parade.

Enter the Haggis and the Zucchini Brothers are also among a handful of live musical performances that will delight fans of all ages.

On Saturday, July 13, the 36th annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta on Lake Champlain will begin in the morning with the awards ceremony following later that night at the Naked Turtle at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin.

A fireworks show will take place at Downtown Plattsburgh at 9:30 after the awards ceremony.

Family-fun entertainment is available throughout the four-day festivities, including a youth Run for Fun which will take place on the City Beach at 10:30 on July 13, an Entertainment and Artist Market from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and self-guided tours up the Macdonough Monument from 3 p.m-6 p.m.

Proceeds from the 2013 Mayor’s Cup T-shirts will be going towards funding for the Max Moore Memorial Tree House, an accessible tree house with ramps and other equipment that will be located on the Saranac River Trail. T-shirts are available at local vendors such as Corner-Stone Book Shop.

For a complete list of Mayor’s Cup events, visit mayorscup.com.

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