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Anna Manion, 5 and Isaac Devine, 3, play with childsize antique cars during First Weekend celebrations on City Hall Place on July 6. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum provided the cars.

Anna Manion, 5 and Isaac Devine, 3, play with childsize antique cars during First Weekend celebrations on City Hall Place on July 6. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum provided the cars. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— People were invited to tour the downtown businesses following the Art walk made possible by ROTA Gallery and the NCCCA and follow the trail of original chalk art in downtown Plattsburgh for the first-ever competition.

Owens said there were many incredible pieces on display like a three-dimensional Rubik’s cube in front of City Hall and portraits completed on the walkway in from of the NCCCA. Owens said the winning piece was a long Champy drawn on the walkway that leads from Margaret Street to Durkee Street. The Champy took up the entire walkway with great detail, Owens said.

“It is a larger than life piece and was the majority winner,” Owens said. “We had about 10 different pieces but each piece with the exception of one or two was a group and family project so it got a lot of people participating.”

People were welcomed to the City Hall Place block party by Matt Boire, the sole tour guide for the Greater Adirondack Ghost Tour Company who also welcomed visitors with an exhibit of his antique medical equipment to give guests a peek at his ghostly tours.

The Imaginarium and the Champlain Valley Transportation museum brought child-size antique peddle cars and remote operated robots for kids to play with.

McCormick said together volunteers at the City Hall Place block party numbered nearly 350 to 400 people on Saturday.

Danielle Ross, who attended with her 2-year-old daughter Ada, said first weekend was a happy coincidence she found during last month’s festivities.

“We went completely by fluke and when we knew it was coming back we made it a point to come downtown,” Ross said. “She has a lot of fun and really there isn’t much to do in Plattsburgh on the weekends for kids so we definitely have to take advantage.”

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