A Putnam softball tournament will benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration. The co-ed, slow-pitch, double-elimination event will be played June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field.
A Putnam softball tournament will benefit the Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.
The co-ed, slow-pitch, double-elimination event will be played June 2 and 3 at the Putnam recreation field.
“The yearly Best Fourth In The North Softball Ball Tournament is not only a wonderful event, but a great fundraiser for our celebration,” said Starr Pinkowski, tournament chairwoman and a member of the Best Fourth committee. “Without ongoing fundraisers like the tournament, the Best Fourth In The North Celebration would not be possible.”
The tournament field will feature 10 teams of 10 players each. Each team must have at last three women.
There is a $180 registration fee for each team. To register call 321-4246. A schedule of games will be drawn the Thursday before the tournament.
“In addition (to teams) we are looking for volunteers to assist with the tournament,” Pinkowski said. “If you are interested please contact a committee member.”
A concession stand will be open serving breakfast, lunch and assorted beverages.
All proceeds from the tournament and the concession stand will benefit the Best Fourth In The North celebration.
The celebration has an annual price tag of about $30,000, according to Debbie Barber, Best Fourth committee chairwoman. That budget includes the parade, bands for the parade, bands in Bicentennial Park, entertainment, the carnival and vendors as well as fireworks. The town of Ticonderoga does provide support for the July 4th celebration, but much of the funding is raised through the work of the Best Fourth in the North committee.
All donations made to the Best Fourth in the North celebration are tax deductible since the group is now part of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, a not-for-profit organization.
“All donations from community members, visitors and area businesses are always very much appreciated and help greatly to make this event possible,” Barber said.
Besides donations, the Best Fourth committee is seeking help. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles.
“We encourage you to support the Fourth of July celebration by attending fundraisers held throughout the year, by making a donation or by volunteering,” John Bartlett, TMSP chairman, said. “The Best Fourth in the North celebration does attract many visitors to the Ticonderoga area every year which supports local businesses and the local economy.”
The theme for the 2012 July 4th parade will be “A Salute To Community Volunteers.”
The parade grand marshal will be Bob Dedrick, former town supervisor, retired teacher and community volunteer.
“A dedicated volunteer in Ticonderoga and truly a leading example for the community, Bob has served the Ticonderoga community both as a devoted volunteer for many organizations and as the past supervisor,” Barber said. “In addition there will be some honored guests to assist in leading the parade.”
“In addition to the softball tournament the committee is currently selling raffle tickets for a grill which was graciously donated by Aubuchon Hardware,” Barber said. “We are also looking for volunteers to assist with a coin drop on June 23 and 24. If you are interested in a raffle ticket and/or volunteering for the coin drop please contact Matt Courtright or Molly Bechard at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Ticonderoga.”
For more information on the Best Fourth in the North go online at www.best4thinthenorth.com or www.timainstreet.org. People can also contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619, Email email@example.com, go online at visit www.ticondeorgany.com or stop by 94 Montcalm St., Suite 1.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership’s mission is to create and enhance the economic, historic and social development of Ticonderoga’s traditional business district.