TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga's "Best Fourth in the North" celebration continues this weekend.
Activities got under way Thursday with the band Flashback playing music from the 1950s and 60s 7-10 p.m. in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park.
The bands The Heard and Lord Howe played 7-11 p.m. Friday.
Danny Ray Edwards will perform in the park 6-10 p.m. Saturday.
Amusement rides, games and vendors will be in the park along with the entertainment each night.
Sunday will feature the 24th annual Montcalm Mile road race, a bed race, the July 4th parade and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
A highlight Sunday will be a Ti Idol reunion show. The local talent competition wasn't held this year, but past participants are invited to perform in Bicentennial Park 6:30-8:30 p.m. Interested performers can contact Angela Brown at 585-2233.
Jim Cawley, an Elvis impersonator, will perform on Sunday 8:30-9:45 p.m. prior to the annual fireworks display.
The Montcalm Mile will race along the parade route at 1:45 p.m. It will be followed by the bed race and then the parade at 2 p.m.
The Montcalm Mile will start in front of Wicker Ford on Wicker Street and proceed down Montcalm Street to the finish at the Heritage Museum.
A record field of more than 200 runners competed in the 2009 Montcalm Mile. Race director Jim Cunningham hopes to top that mark this year.
It's a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region's top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga's annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.
Registration starts at 1 p.m. at Wicker Ford. For entry information contact Cunningham, 26 Amherst Ave., Ticonderoga (Email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Race information can also be found online at the LaChute Road Runners Club website - www.lachute.us
Entry fee is $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 16.
Awards will be presented to all finishers. Age group results will be posted on the web site. www.lachute.us
The bed race will be held along Ticonderoga's Montcalm Street following the Montcalm Mile and before the annual July 4th parade.
The bed race will start at the Ti fire house and end at the Heritage Museum. It will feature five-member teams.
"At the halfway point there will be a fire drill," Bechard said. "The (team) member on the bed will have to take a pusher's spot and a pusher will have to become a rider. Silly costumes are encouraged, but please keep in mind this is a family event."
There will be a $25 registration fee for each team. A section of the fire house parking lot will be set aside for beds.
Registration, rules and registration forms for the race can be obtained on line at best4thinthenorth.com or at Century 21.