Ticonderoga A spaghetti dinner and coin drop have been planned to help pay the expenses for the Ticonderoga celebration of independence.
The Best Fourth in the North Committee, part of the Ticonderoga/Montcalm Street Partnership, will host the two events as fundraisers for the annual festivities which run from July 1 through Independence Day.
Committee member Debbie Barber said the annual event costs between $25,000-30,000 annually to put together and is done by a group of 10 volunteers.
“It is a very small group that makes up the committee and their job is to plan the events and do the fundraising,” said Matt Courtright, Executive Director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, who helps the committee.
“The chamber is helping out a lot more than we have in the past but that does not help the committee out with their fundraising,” Courtright said. “We have encouraged them to raise funds by partnering with local businesses and organizations within the community.”
Barber said the spaghetti dinner which will be held at Eddie’s Restaurant Monday, May 5, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., was part of the new collaboration.
“This is a new fundraising event that came up when we were talking about how to partner with some local businesses,” Barber said. “We had some ideas about a dinner and were able to talk to the owners of Eddie’s to put it together.”
The dinner cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, with takeouts available.
Along with the spaghetti dinner, the committee will host a coin drop Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, at the entrances to McDonald’s and the former Lowe’s building. The coin drop will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Funds raised from the events will go toward the Best Fourth in the North, helping to pay for some of the most popular parts of the festivities.