PLATTSBURGH — With a little national recognition and some new attractions, organizers of the 2011 Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration celebration think this year's event will be better than ever.
The 14th-annual event kicks off Sept. 3 with dozens of events scheduled through Sept. 11.
Already a hit among many local residents, the attraction has now earned national recognition as one of the American Bus Association's Top 100 events from across the country.
"This is huge," Michele Powers, Plattsburgh/North Country Chamber of Commerce vice president for marketing, said Thursday during a news conference announcing this year's event lineup.
"This helps put Plattsburgh on the map and is a fantastic opportunity."
OLD-TIME VILLAGE FAIR
She said the commemoration event was selected from more than 800 submitted to the Bus Association's annual top destination list.
Commemoration Co-Chair Gary VanCour said there are several new additions to the week-long fun, including a series of dedications for the War of 1812 Interpretive Trail on Sept. 5.
Then, he said, "we've developed a whole series of activities on Sunday, Sept. 11, that will be geared toward families and children."
Some of those activities include storytelling and a Children's Old-Time Village Fair.
Fellow Co-Chair Kit Booth said, "In addition to the new things, we're also doing a lot of what we've done in the past."
He said the commemoration will feature a "jam-packed" schedule of events, including daily live music by groups including the U.S. Navy Band Northeast's Dixieland Group, Beartracks band and Too Tall String Band, as well as 1814 atmosphere and food at the Israel Green Tavern.
Sept. 10 will still include the 8 a.m. Cannonball Run, a 10 a.m. battle re-enactment behind Beekmantown Town Hall, 11 a.m. Battle of Plattsburgh Challenge Cup and Bateau Race and the annual parade to follow at 1 p.m.