“The Best Fourth in the North” is months away, but Ticonderoga will have an Independence Day feeling Saturday, March 31. That’s when the “The Best Fourth in the North” committee will hold a pair of fund raising events. The annual Ticonderoga High School alumni basketball tournament will be played and the Ti Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner. Both will benefit the annual July 4th celebration.
“The Best Fourth in the North” is months away, but Ticonderoga will have an Independence Day feeling Saturday, March 31.
That’s when the “The Best Fourth in the North” committee will hold a pair of fund raising events. The annual Ticonderoga High School alumni basketball tournament will be played and the Ti Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti dinner. Both will benefit the annual July 4th celebration.
“Please join us as a spectator of the alumni basketball tournament and for a spaghetti dinner to support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’ celebration,” Debbie Barber, committee chairwoman, said. “Without dedicated volunteers, supporters and the community the celebration would not be possible.
“The celebration costs between $26-$30,000 and this fund raiser along with the fundraisers held throughout the year and donations from the community make it all possible,” she said.
The alumni basketball tournament has been a popular Ticonderoga event for years.
“For over a decade the basketball alumni have gathered at the Ticonderoga High School to help support the ‘Best Fourth in the North’,” said Bob Dedrick, tournament organizer and a former Ti High coach. “This year is no exception.
“Alumni who have graduated in the 1980s to the most recent grads all converge at the gym to renew friendships, relive memories, get a chance to pit their skills against other graduates and help raise funds for the Fourth of July celebration,” he said.
This year’s tourney will begin at noon. All players are asked to arrive at 11 a.m.
The day will feature four games with the last game for the championship. Teams are determined by the year of graduation.
“This allows graduates to compete with players who were on the roster while in high school,” Dedrick said. “Each game is closely contested, where youth usually competes against experience.”
A three point contest elimination round will start at 11:45 a.m. with the finals held prior to the championship game.
Tickets to the tournament are $2 a person, although the “Best Fourth in the North” committee will accept additional donations.
During the tournament committee members will sell refreshments, including hot dogs, michigans, chips, candy, soda water and Gatorade.
“I want to personally thank Bob Dedrick on behalf of the committee, the community and area visitors for his dedication to this tournament and the ‘Best Fourth In The North’,” Barber said.
The spaghetti dinner will begin at 5 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus on Montcalm Street.
The meal will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter. Take out meals will be available. Tickets will be $10 a person. Children ages 5 and younger will be free.
Barber said the success of “The Best Fourth in the North” depends on fund raising. She urged people to support the event.
“If you would like to make a donation to support the celebration you can do so via mail or at any of the fundraisers,” Barber said. “All donations are tax deductible.”
Donations can be mailed to 42 Burgoyne Road, Ticonderoga 12883, Attention Debbie Barber, committee chair.
Other fund raising activities include a softball tournament June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field and a iPad raffle. Tickets for the iPad raffle will be available at the alumni basketball tournament with the winner being drawn that day.
“‘The Best Fourth In The North’ celebration attracts many visitors to the Ticonderoga area every year, which supports local businesses and the local economy,” Barber said. “The celebration for 2012 will be held July 1-4. ‘The Best Fourth in the North’ committee is dedicated to providing area residents and visitors with the best Fourth of July experience in the North Country.”
A full schedule for “The Best Fourth in the North” is still being completed, but the parade theme has been determined — “Salute To Community Volunteers.”
Parade applications can be printed from ‘The Best Fourth in the North” website, www.best4thinthenorth.com.
Information on the annual celebration is also available from the Ticonderoga ARea Chamber of Commerce by calling 585-6619 or Emailing email@example.com.