PLATTSBURGH — This year’s edition of the annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival is looking to draw more people to downtown Plattsburgh.
With the lineup put forth by the organizers, Mayor James Calnon believes this year’s event will more than live up to the billing.
“It’s my first Mayor’s Cup as mayor, and we want it to be a big event and something that is great for the city, like it always is,” he said Wednesday. “And we are more than confident that will happen.”
At a news conference at City Hall, Calnon and members of the Sunrise Rotary Club, the main organizers of the festival, outlined a schedule of events that features a wide variety of activities on land and water.
The four-day celebration will stretch from Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13, with events mostly in downtown and on Lake Champlain.
The landlubber offerings will once again be highlighted by top musical acts, parties, contests and, this year, a major youth soccer tournament.
The fun begins on Thursday, July 10, with the ever-popular Boat Parade of Lights, when crafts of all kinds decorated in bright lights and other accouterments float gently down the lake shore from Wilcox Dock to the Dock Street Landing.
The Boat Parade, funded in part by a $500 personal donation from the mayor, will take place in conjunction with the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ Jumpin in July music event, set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Arts Center lawn on Brinkerhoff Street. At the landing, a party will commence from 7 to 9 p.m. as the Stowaways perform.
“In the past, we had 300 or 400 people standing around waiting for the boats to show up; now we will have some entertainment for them,” said Dr. Jake DeSnyder of the Sunrise Rotary Club.