September 27, 2013

Plucky Rooster winners chosen


PLATTSBURGH — Ivan was crowned king rooster.

The patriotic-looking bird, made mostly of newspaper strips colored red, white and blue, took the top prizes in the annual Plucky Rooster Contest.

This year, for the first time, the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration contest was hosted by Champlain Centre mall.

The rooster models were displayed at the mall, with shoppers able to cast votes for the People’s Choice Awards. Judges Lois Clermont, Jane Claffey and Mary Barber decided the Best Rooster Model winners.

Ivan, created by registrants and staff of Evergreen Valley Hassett Adult Day Services, won first place for People’s Choice and also first place for Best Rooster Model.

Cock-A-Doodledoo, created by Tarra Judge, won second place Best Rooster Model. It was a sewn cloth model with a yellow body, star-dotted head and wings and a feathered tail.

Louie, created by Margaret Tallman, took third place for Best Rooster Model. It was a modern take on the bird, decorated with beads and bling.

Roody, a fall-foliage-style rooster, received Honorable Mention.

“We would like to thank all of the participants of the Plucky Rooster Contest,” Champlain Centre Marketing Director Courtney Coryea said in a news release.

“Champlain Centre was proud to host the Plucky Rooster Contest for the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration, and we look forward to the 2014 Plucky Rooster Contest.”

The contest was developed based on a legend about a rooster that crowed during the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh, inspiring sailors to rally after their ship was hit by cannon fire.