PORT HENRY — Cryptozoologists rejoice as this Sunday, Port Henry will play host to an event dedicated to Lake Champlain’s famous cryptid, “Champ”.

Champ Day, first celebrated back in 1979, returns to Champ Beach this year.

“It’s his day,” said Catherine Sprague, the Moriah Chamber of Commerce’s events coordinators.

“It’s not the town’s it’s his. There’s such interest now with Champ.”

The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21, with fun for kids planned throughout the day, including a cardboard boat race, a dunk tank, face painting and Penelope the clown, who will be on hand with balloons.

Sprague, who has been involved with the day in some capacity since its inception, stressed that there will be something for everyone in the family to do, though.

Champ researcher Katy Elizabeth, who has been featured in productions by NBC and Discovery Channel Canada on the topic, will be at the event, along with a DJ and 20 vendors providing food and games, Sprague said.

Along with Sunday’s festivities, there is also a Champ Scavenger Hunt taking place, with five wooden Champ statues hidden around Moriah.

Participants must try to find all the locations and drop off a list of their findings at the Chamber. Full rules and hints for the contest can be found on the Chamber’s facebook page at tinyurl.com/y58vecyz.

Though this Sunday is forecast to be a hot one in Moriah, Sprague is optimistic that attendance will be good for the event she says she has seen grow every year since she started participating.

“It’s going to be a fun day,” Sprague said.

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