TICONDEROGA - Local talent is being sought to entertain cyclists visiting Ticonderoga this summer as part of the Velo Quebec Voyages tour.
About 2,000 people are expected in the community Aug. 8-10.
"In the evening the cyclists will gather in the field across the street from the Ticonderoga Middle School," Barb Brassard, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, explained. "Under a large tent will be a bistro. The tour is looking for entertainment to perform each evening."
Local entertainers can contact Alain Gascon of Velo Quebec Voyages of Montreal via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-567-8356 ext. 372 or 514-521-8356.
Brassard said entertainers should be ready to provide the name of their group, a Email address, mailing address and phone number.
A You Tube link showing a performance would also be helpful, she said.
Brassard stressed the Ti chamber will not hire the entertainment; that will be done by Velo Quebec Voyages.
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 a base 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.
Local businesspeople interested in participating in the village should contact Brassard at the chamber by Email at email@example.com
John McDonald, who is local co-chair along with Brassard, pointed out the cyclists in the village will also need services. Velo Quebec Voyages will be hiring local people to assist its staff in Ticonderoga.
There will also be opportunities for civic groups to make money by helping during the tour stop, McDonald said.
Velo Quebec Voyages is also looking for a local caterer to feed the cyclists at the school. The tour group has a specific menu and requires breakfast and dinner two days for upwards of 2,000 cyclists in shifts of 600 people each seating.
Interested caterers can contact Brassard at the chamber for details.
A local business is also being sought to operate the bistro, where alcoholic beverages will be served and entertainment provided. An events tent is required. Interested people should contact Brassard.
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.