Mayor’s Cup organizer Kjell Dahlen, left, and Burlington City Councilor Joan Shannon discuss the wager between Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, on which city has the faster boat.
Plans were unveiled recently for this summer’s 37th annual Plattsburgh Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival.
The four day Mayor’s Cup, hosted by the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club, will run from July 10 - 13 at points around Plattsburgh, but primarily in the Downtown area. The first Mayor’s Cup was held in the city in 1978, and was run and financed by the City of Plattsburgh until 1992, at which time the Valcour Sailing Club took it over. It has been in private hands ever since.Along with the annual parade of boats, a musical event featuring the Stowaways will be held on the Dock Street waterfront to kick off the weekend a day early on Thursday night.
Friday July 11 will feature several events, including Mayor’s Cup Kayak Day, Mayor’s Cup Voice (formerly Mayor’s Cup Idol), a Downtown concert by upcoming country singer Keegan Nolan, and a Mayor’s Cup themed movie at the Newman Center.
The heart of the Mayor’s Cup starts Saturday, with the Mayor’s Cup Regatta. The stakes have been raised this year, as a challenge has been issued between Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger as to which city has the better boat. Neither side seems willing to admit to issuing the wager.
“I’ll be looking for a boat to represent Burlington to the way Burlington should be represented,” said Joan Shannon, President of the Burlington City Council and skipper of the yet to be named boat.
The Spirit of Ianelli Award, named after former Plattsburgh mayor John Ianelli, is awarded to “an individual who possesses an enthusiasm for community service as embodied by former Mayor Ianelli.” The city is accepting submissions of names for the award until June 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on Saturday will be the first annual Kayak Shack Recreational Kayak race from the beach at the Naked Turtle. Events for land-lubbers downtown will include Kids Day, a 5K fun run, youth run, and a pie eating contest which will feature Mayor Calnon as a participant.
The Mayor’s Cup Voice finale will anchor the evening’s downtown events, along with a near countless number of non-profits, games and activities dotting the Downtown landscape. Saturday will be book-ended by morning and nighttime fireworks displays.
Sunday will wrap up Mayor’s Cup with numerous sporting events, including the Mayor’s Cup Bike Ride, the Kayak Shack Paddle Festival and the new mayor’s Cup Challenge soccer tournament, being put on by the Plattsburgh FC Soccer Club.
“We’re expecting about 320 families,” said Challenge organizer Andrew Wylie. “We’re looking at teams from Albany, Vermont, Massachusetts; there will be an influx of people coming in, using out hotels, our restaurants.”
Wylie said organizers hope to open the Challenge up to more age groups in future years, and hopefully attract more than 700 families to Plattsburgh during Mayor’s Cup weekend.
This is only a partial list of activities, and The Burgh and North Countryman will feature a complete schedule closer to the event. For more information on Mayor’s Cup, including an updated calendar of events, contact www.mayorscup.com.
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