PORT HENRY - A pair of local legends will meet for the first time - officially - on Champ Day.
Champ, the Lake Champlain monster, and Samuel de Champlain, the man who discovered the lake that bears his name in 1609, will meet face-to-face Saturday, Aug. 1, in Port Henry.
"We thought it would be a good idea for Champ and Champlain to meet," said Jack Woods, president of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce. "Our theme this year is the 400th anniversary of Lake Champlain's discovery."
Sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, the 28th annual Champ Day will feature sidewalk sales, street vendors, entertainment, a road race, children's games, pony rides and a "Champ Hunt" starting at 9 a.m.
Interested vendors can call Woods at 546-7212.
The "Champ Hunt" will feature "Champ Dollars" in local businesses. "Champ Dollars" can be redeemed for actual money at Sagan's on Main Street.
A DJ and live entertainment will be performing throughout the day on the steps of the Lee House.
In conjunction with the downtown Port Henry activities there will be a book sale at th Sherman Free Library 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a town-wide lawn sale.
The books will be specially priced with hardback and paperback books being four for $1 and children's books six for $1.
Mountain Lake Services will hold the Champ Chase Race in Port Henry to help the village celebrate Champ Day.
The Champ Chase will include a 2.5 mile race through the streets of Port Henry and a mile fun run for children.
Pre-registration for the event can be done by calling 546-7151, ext. 44, through the agency website at www.mountainlakeservices.org or by email through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration on the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of St. Patrick's Place and Main Street in Port Henry.
The children's fun run will begin at 10 a.m. and the 2.5 mile chase will begin at 10:30 a.m.
There will be a $10 registration fee for those taking part in the 2.5 mile run.
The alleged Lake Champlain creature, "Champ," has been seen near Port Henry for hundreds of years. Crypto-zoologists think the creature may be a plesiosaur, a large under water reptile not seen since prehistoric times.
Champlain sighted "Champ" in July 1609 and described the creature as a "20 foot serpent thick as a barrel with a head like a horse." Some believe that "Champ" is a large lake sturgeon.
In 1977, Sandra Mansi photographed "Champ" while she was having a picnic with friends. This is the best known photograph of the creature. This picture was published by Time and various other magazines. "Champ" has been featured on NBC TV's Unsolved Mysteries and Fox Network's Sightings, as well as on Japanese television and The Today Show. It has been the subject of books and hundreds of newspaper articles.
A "Champ" sightings board at the southern entrance to Port Henry on Route 9N lists the names of people who have seen the lake monster.