A spaghetti dinner and coin drop have been planned to help pay the expenses for the Ticonderoga celebration of independence.
The Best Fourth in the North Committee, part of the Ticonderoga/Montcalm Street Partnership, will host the two events as fundraisers for the annual festivities which run from July 1 through Independence Day.
Committee member Debbie Barber said the annual event costs between $25,000-30,000 annually to put together and is done by a group of 10 volunteers.
“It is a very small group that makes up the committee and their job is to plan the events and do the fundraising,” said Matt Courtright, Executive Director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, who helps the committee.
“The chamber is helping out a lot more than we have in the past but that does not help the committee out with their fundraising,” Courtright said. “We have encouraged them to raise funds by partnering with local businesses and organizations within the community.”
Barber said the spaghetti dinner which will be held at Eddie’s Restaurant Monday, May 5, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., was part of the new collaboration.
“This is a new fundraising event that came up when we were talking about how to partner with some local businesses,” Barber said. “We had some ideas about a dinner and were able to talk to the owners of Eddie’s to put it together.”
The dinner cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, with takeouts available.
Along with the spaghetti dinner, the committee will host a coin drop Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, at the entrances to McDonald’s and the former Lowe’s building. The coin drop will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Funds raised from the events will go toward the Best Fourth in the North, helping to pay for some of the most popular parts of the festivities.
“The bands that perform in the parade and at the park are all being paid except for the band from Fort Ticonderoga,” Barber said. “A lot of people think that the town is paying for this or that the bands are volunteering, but they are not. One of the biggest things that we hear from the community is that they want more music.”
Barber said bands can range up to $3,000 for an appearance fee. Along with the bands, the committee also pays for the annual fireworks show, which can run from $17,000 to $18,000.
“We do get a $5,000 donation from the town and Alonzo Fireworks is giving $1,000 in donations to the show,” Barber said.
Recently, the Best Fourth in the North raised over $1,100 in a pair of events held April 5 in the annual alumni basketball tournament and guest bartender night at The Pub.
Along with fundraising events, the committee has also sent out a fundraising letter and parade application to local businesses with varying sponsorship opportunities as well as an appeal to bring more community groups into the parade.
“We are looking for more floats from the community and more people to participate,” Barber said.
Along with parade participants, the committee is still seeking nominations for the Grand Marshal (which will be accepted through the end of April) and local bands and vendors who would want to participate in the festivities.
For more, contact the committee through the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the Best Fourth in the North, visit the web site best4thinthenorth.com.