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August 19, 2011

Battle of Plattsburgh gets national recognition

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PLATTSBURGH —

PLUCKY ROOSTER

The Plucky Rooster Awards will be given at 11 a.m. that day, and organizers say there's still time to enter the popular annual contest that brings attention to the legend that says a rooster rallied the Americans to win the battle on the lake.

"There's still time to make your Plucky Rooster and register," VanCour said.

The downtown Battle Re-enactment and Soup Cook Off will be held Sunday, Sept. 11, along with an afternoon music concert to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11.

Residents can purchase a $10 button for admission to the many select events.

This year's button was designed by first-place contest winner, Kelsey Gilmore of Mooers. Alex Kneifel of Plattsburgh and James Conway of Morrisonville took second and third place, respectively.

More than 204 elementary-age children entered this year's drawing contest.

TASTE OF HISTORY

Gilmore handed out the first of this year's admission buttons to Plattsburgh City Mayor Donald Kasprzak on Thursday, when he praised event volunteers and organizers for their continued dedication to the commemoration attractions.

"This is the premiere event in the North Country ... and it gets better every year," he said.

The commemoration is planned throughout the year and costs about $90,000 to host. Those funds are raised through volunteer donations.

"We hope that people will come with their families and enjoy a little music and taste of history," VanCour said.

More information about the commemoration, including an event lineup and contest-registration details, can be found at www.battleofplattsburgh.org.

Email Andrea VanValkenburg at: avanvalkenburg@pressrepublican.com

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