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September 7, 2013

Village Fair offers fun for all

PLATTSBURGH — One of the most popular attractions during the annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend has been the Children’s Old Time Village Fair.

Those kid-oriented activities will again be highlighted during the upcoming celebration.

More than 30 exhibits will be featured at the Village Fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at MacDonough Monument Park and the north lawn of City Hall in downtown Plattsburgh.

“The participants will recreate an old-fashioned village atmosphere and will be wearing (War of 1812) period costumes,” said Linda Ward, a volunteer for the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Committee and organizer of the Village Fair.

“This event appeals to a broad range of people and is a wonderful event for the entire family,” she added. “It gives people an opportunity to spend quality time together while traveling back in time and learning about history.”

One of the main attractions at the Village Fair has been the Plucky Rooster contest, a reference to how a gamecock on one of the American vessels was freed from its cage during the Sept. 11 battle on Cumberland Bay but remained on board to rally American sailors.

This year’s contest, which features children’s creations of their own versions of the plucky rooster, is being organized for the first time by Champlain Centre.

“We’re excited to have the Plucky Rooster contest here this year,” said Courtney Coryea, marketing director for Champlain Centre. “It’s our way of helping out with the commemoration.”

Champlain Centre has a “rooster coop” located near Sabarro’s Pizza where Plucky Rooster contestants will have their creations on display throughout the week. Visitors can stop by and vote for their favorite rooster up to Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Then, all of the roosters will be on display during the Battle of Plattsburgh parade the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 14. Following that, they will return to the mall where they will be exhibited through Monday, Sept. 23.

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