The ARC will host a kids/family zone in the Lower Court Street parking lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Behavioral Health Services North will hold a Kids Carnivale for 2-to-6-year-olds on the City Hall lawn.
Mayor Donald Kasprzak expects big crowds once again.
“In the past, we’ve had as many as 3,000 to 5,000 people downtown, and we certainly hope we get that again,” he said.
For musical entertainment this year, Enter the Haggis, described as a Canadian/Indie folk rock world-fusion band, will play at the Lions Club Bandshell at the Macdonough Monument at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12.
On Saturday, July 13, Gas House Gorillas, a “Punk Americana”-style band, will perform from 8 to 9 p.m. and again from 9:45 to 11 p.m.
“They really are a lot of fun,” Kasprzak said.
At intermission of the Gas House show, the annual fireworks display will light up the downtown sky near the mouth of the Saranac River.
The Zucchini Brothers, a local band, will perform a kids show in Trinity Park from 4 to 5 p.m. that Saturday, and master hypnotist Michael Blaine will mesmerize people from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Lions Club Bandshell.
The flagship event, the Mayor’s Cup Regatta, will take off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, in Plattsburgh Bay.
“We expect to get between 60 and 90 vessels, and what’s fun about this race is that while it does draw a lot of hard-core racers, it is also able to draw the more casual racers because it is such a fun event,” DeSnyder said.
The Sunrise Rotary Club is again taking on the role of main organizer of the Mayor’s Cup, with numerous local businesses and organizations serving as sponsors.
Kevin Kehoe, who is organizing the sponsorship drive, said they hope to raise about $50,000 to cover costs of the four-day event.