TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga is preparing for thousands of visitors as the community hosts a pair of major events.
The 18th annual Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce Antique & Classic Car Show and associated activities will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 8.
Then, the Velo Quebec Voyages bicycle tour will bring nearly 2,000 cyclist to town Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 8-10.
"It's going to be very busy in town," said Barb Brassard, executive director of the Ti chamber. "I think we're ready. We have a no-rain policy in place."
The car show weekend kicks off on Saturday with a poker run starting at 12:30 p.m. at Adam's Rib Restaurant. The Ticonderoga Farmers' Market, located at Moses Circle, will be offering guests a variety of produce and assorted goods all locally grown and produced from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and nearby Fort Ticonderoga will host an all-day Fife & Drum Muster.
There will be a "Cruise-In Extravaganza!!!!!" at the Best Western Inn parking lot from 4 to 7 p.m. It will feature games, prizes and a special appetizer menu.
"The Logger," Rusty De Wees' self-produced one-man comedy show, will beheld at the Best Western Inn Saturday night. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and special bar menu will be available until 7:30. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 a person. People can call the chamber at 585-6619 for additional information or to buy tickets.
The Ticonderoga Car Show, a Super Wheels qualifying show, will be held Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bicentennial Park. Over 200 antique and classic vehicles will be on display. Food and entertainment will be available throughout the day, as will music, games, prizes, and more. The event is free for spectators.
For information call the chamber at 585-6619 or go online at www.ticonderogany.com/carshow.html
"We're excited," Brassard said. "The car show has always been popular and this year we've added several new elements like 'The Logger'."
Velo Quebec Voyages of Montreal, which organizes international bicycle tours, will bring as many as 2,000 cyclists to Ti on Sunday.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the community to have 1,600 to 2,000 people in town for two days," said John McDonald, Ticonderoga Central School superintendent and co-chair of the local Velo organizing committee. "It's going to be quite a show."
The bicycle tour is scheduled to take riders from Montreal to Lake George, where they'll spend a night. On Aug. 8 cyclists will come to Ticonderoga and stay overnight. They will spend Aug. 9 touring local attractions and stay a second night before leaving Aug. 10 for Plattsburgh.
A "cyclist village" will be set up at Ticonderoga Middle School with a "bistro" across the street.
The village will accommodate bikers who want to camp - others will stay in local hotels - and serve as abase of operations in Ticonderoga. The school will provide its kitchen, cafeteria and showers. Velo Quebec Voyages will pay all expenses associated with its use of the school.
The village will also feature local vendors selling items such as fresh fruit, ice cream, hot dogs and corn on the cob.
"The Velo people were here last week for a walk-through," said Brassard, who is also co-chair of the local Velo organizing committee. "They seemed pleased."
Velo Quebec operates 60 tours a year on several continents. Their 2010 tours include two-wheeled trips in Europe, North America, Mexico, Cuba and Asia as well as Vermont and the Lake George-Ticonderoga-Plattsburgh tour.