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August 9, 2013

Battle of Plattsburgh weekend promises fun for all

PLATTSBURGH — The 2013 Battle of Plattsburgh celebration will feature some new twists, as well as many time-tested favorites that have drawn crowds for years.

The annual event, held this year Sept. 13 through 15, commemorates the American victory over an overwhelming British force during the Sept. 11, 1814, battle on Plattsburgh Bay.

“The Battle of Plattsburgh event is without a doubt the premiere event in the North Country every year,” City of Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said during a press conference to announce this year’s schedule Thursday afternoon.

“I am as confident as I’ve ever been that this year’s event will be as good or better than ever.”

CHANGEOVER AHEAD

Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Committee Co-Chairs Kit Booth and Gary Vancour highlighted this year’s event while hinting of the major celebration the community will see during the 200th-anniversary commemoration in 2014.

“It has been an interesting year in getting the process accomplished,” said Booth, who announced that he and Vancour will be stepping down after the 2014 affair.

They are confident, he said, that a new commemorative committee will step forward to take the reins.

“We’ve been spending a quarter of our time on the Battle of Plattsburgh 2014 celebration,” he added. “It will be the 200th anniversary of what we think is the most important battle of the War of 1812, the battle that settled the deal (in America gaining victory over Britain in the War of 1812).”

FOLLOWING THE ROUTE

Vancour reviewed some of the preliminary activities that will be happening along the route the British soldiers followed as they marched south toward Plattsburgh before the Sept. 11 battle.

“The bloodiest day (of the region’s conflicts leading up to Sept. 11) was on Sept. 6, when the British took control of the Town of Plattsburgh,” he said.

The British established their headquarters, he said, at the site where American Legion Post 20 now stands on Quarry Road.

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