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Mayor's Cup scaled back to two days PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE LoTEMPLIO, Staff Writer   
Saturday, April 14, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — Despite funding cuts, a wave of concerts, fireworks and other activities are being planned for Mayor's Cup Festival 2007.
Mayor Donald Kasprzak said Friday that the city will organize two days of events that will ensure the Mayor's Cup stays alive.
"A lot of people were concerned that we wouldn't have anything, but I felt it was important to at least have something," Kasprzak said.
Funding for the Mayor's Cup was cut by the Common Council as it trimmed about $1 million from the 2007 city budget in an effort to reduce a proposed tax-levy increase from 35 percent to 14.35 percent.
The Mayor's Cup had grown into as long as a nine-day festival in recent years, featuring entertainment from across the country.
It was billed at one point as the largest free festival on the East Coast.
But costs for overtime and organization proved to be too much for the city budget, making the event vulnerable.
This year's Mayor's Cup will be paid for by corporate and private sponsors.
"We hope to raise between $30,000 and $40,000," the mayor said.
"Then we will set up a fund for future years and hope to build on that."
The city will help save money by reducing overtime.
"I've talked with department heads, and they will stagger shifts to reduce overtime," Kasprzak said.


FIREWORKS AT BEACH

The two-day event will feature fireworks on the evening of Friday, July 6. Instead of having the fireworks downtown this year, they will be held at the City Beach.
"I felt that we needed to market and promote the Crete Center and the beach area, and this would be a good way to do it," Kasprzak said.
"I envision lots of families heading down there with lawn chairs and watching the fireworks on the beach, and it will be a great view."
Past Mayor's Cup events have all been free, but visitors to the Crete for the fireworks will be charged $5 for parking this year.
"We have plenty of parking there, and it will be easy access," Kasprzak said.
There will also be food and beverage vendors at the beach for the fireworks.
"Hopefully, we can make a little money for the city too," the mayor said.


DOWNTOWN EVENTS

When the fireworks were downtown, the streets were packed with people from City Hall Place to Wilcox Dock on Cumberland Avenue. The large crowds were a boon to downtown businesses.
The mayor said downtown will not be forgotten during the Mayor's Cup.
Trinity Park will still be filled with vendors, including beer in a controlled environment, on Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, and downtown will still be the route for a parade Saturday afternoon.
Also, concerts will be held Saturday night at the Macdonough Monument stage. Local bands Lucid, Zip City and North Country Horns will perform.
Whitbeck Associates, a local real-estate firm, will sponsor the concerts.
While concerts will continue, there will be no Mayor's Cup Idol competition or Crazy Contests, such as the Spam-eating event.
"Although Donnie Idol won't be there, this will be a community event, and I think having a long weekend along with the regatta will make it special," Kasprzak said.
To volunteer or donate to the Mayor's Cup, call City Hall at 563-7701 or e-mail the mayor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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