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Plattsburgh gears up for debut beach party

PLATTSBURGH — The City Beach will celebrate its official opening weekend with activities, music and fun in the sun at an event billed as the first annual Beach Bash on Saturday, June 14.

“We have never done something like this before, so we wanted to give something back to the community as well as our visitors who come from out of the area,” said Jessica Shields, recreation supervisor in Plattsburgh. “It’s a great way for families to get together, and I know I would want to celebrate the summer season after such a harsh winter we went through.”

The day will start at 8 a.m. with registration for the Champlain Valley Family Center 5K Run for Recovery at the beach at 9 a.m. This run will raise funds for Champlain Valley Center Youth programming.

After, the North Country Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual Great Adirondack Car Show, Craft Fair and Giant Garage Sale at the Crete Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., an event that started as just a car show 16 years ago and has grown ever since.

“This year, we’re happy to be part of the City of Plattsburgh’s Beach Bash,” said Jody Parks, executive vice president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a great way to celebrate summer and make a ‘splash’ on the opening day of the city beach.”

Also during that time, staff and volunteers from the Imaginarium Children’s Museum will be on hand with crafts and activities for children at the beach until 2 p.m.

Joe Kovacs from local juice bar Smooth Moves will be hosting a BBQ in the beach concession stand with beach foods and smoothies from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., while The Cabana Beach Bar opens its doors for a beer garden from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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