The event typically costs about $90,000 to run and received a first-time grant this year through the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
VanCour credited the many volunteers for organizing and participating in the growing event.
"It's a large, dedicated team that work year-round on this project. It's amazing how many people contribute to make this happen.
"And this year it looks like it's going to be larger than ever."
He said the commemoration is held to honor the sacrifices of those involved with the Battle of Plattsburgh and War of 1812.
Plattsburgh City Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the commemoration is the biggest annual celebration in the city.
"This is the premiere event."
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