PLATTSBURGH — This year’s Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival will once again feature a boatload of events and activities.
“This is supposed to be a family fun event and free as much as possible, and that is what we are trying to do,” organizer Jake DeSnyder said at a City Hall news conference Wednesday to present the agenda for what will be the 36th Mayor’s Cup event.
The Mayor’s Cup will be held July 11 to 14, with events mostly in downtown Plattsburgh and on Lake Champlain.
In addition to the sailboat race, the celebration will include entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, road races and even a tree house.
The increasingly popular Parade of Lights will kick off the event at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 11, from Wilcox Dock.
Boats, kayaks and just about any craft that is seaworthy can be decorated with lights, music and an assortment of accouterments for the short glide to Plattsburgh Boat Basin, where they will be judged under the summer moon.
DeSynder said they hope to attract as many as 50 vessels for this year’s boat parade.
“This is a fun event, and it is something the public can view,” he said.
On Friday, July 12, Mayor’s Cup Idol returns after a seven-year hiatus.
Semi-finals for the singing competition will be held in Trinity Park from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Auditions will take place in the park on July 4, with radio station Eagle Country 97.5 hosting.
“People enjoy it, and they all bring their family and friends, and it’s a nice event,” said Aaron Tourville of Eagle Country.
To apply for an audition, would-be singers can go to eaglecountry975.com.
Trinity Park, City Hall and the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will be filled with activities and vendors all day on Saturday, July 13.