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The mayor's Cup challenge

Mayor’s Cup organizer Kjell Dahlen, left, and Burlington City Councilor Joan Shannon discuss the wager between Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, on which city has the faster boat.

Mayor’s Cup organizer Kjell Dahlen, left, and Burlington City Councilor Joan Shannon discuss the wager between Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, on which city has the faster boat. Photo by Shawn Ryan.

— Plans were unveiled recently for this summer’s 37th annual Plattsburgh Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival.

The four day Mayor’s Cup, hosted by the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club, will run from July 10 - 13 at points around Plattsburgh, but primarily in the Downtown area. The first Mayor’s Cup was held in the city in 1978, and was run and financed by the City of Plattsburgh until 1992, at which time the Valcour Sailing Club took it over. It has been in private hands ever since.Along with the annual parade of boats, a musical event featuring the Stowaways will be held on the Dock Street waterfront to kick off the weekend a day early on Thursday night.

Friday July 11 will feature several events, including Mayor’s Cup Kayak Day, Mayor’s Cup Voice (formerly Mayor’s Cup Idol), a Downtown concert by upcoming country singer Keegan Nolan, and a Mayor’s Cup themed movie at the Newman Center.

The heart of the Mayor’s Cup starts Saturday, with the Mayor’s Cup Regatta. The stakes have been raised this year, as a challenge has been issued between Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger as to which city has the better boat. Neither side seems willing to admit to issuing the wager.

“I’ll be looking for a boat to represent Burlington to the way Burlington should be represented,” said Joan Shannon, President of the Burlington City Council and skipper of the yet to be named boat.

The Spirit of Ianelli Award, named after former Plattsburgh mayor John Ianelli, is awarded to “an individual who possesses an enthusiasm for community service as embodied by former Mayor Ianelli.” The city is accepting submissions of names for the award until June 1 at regatta@mayorscup.com.

Also on Saturday will be the first annual Kayak Shack Recreational Kayak race from the beach at the Naked Turtle. Events for land-lubbers downtown will include Kids Day, a 5K fun run, youth run, and a pie eating contest which will feature Mayor Calnon as a participant.

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