North Country gearing up for annual Battle of Plattsburgh


People across the North Country are gearing up for what’s sometimes called ‘”living history” — the 21st Annual Battle of Plattsburgh. 

“This is much bigger than the little City of Plattsburgh. This is an entire regional event, and I am incredibly excited,” said City of Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read.

On Tuesday, he recognized three elementary students for their submissions in the Battle of Plattsburgh drawing contest. The winner, Braydon Caraballo will now see his drawing of Commodore Thomas MacDonough on this year’s commemorative pin. Runner-ups included Amanda Estes and A.J. Dion. 

The kickoff to the four-day long commemoration starts with a ceremony at the Battle of Culver Memorial in Beekmantown.

There will be five re-enactments with 150 volunteers. 

“It’s very exciting! If you are into action movies, you can see one happen right in front of you. If you are into history, and you want to discuss those things, there are plenty of people that want to discuss that with you,” said P.J. Miller one of the reenactors.

Miller adds that many of the reenactors have a background or formal education in history. 

There will be plenty of things to do for families with small children. 

“They have a lot of fun. Sack races, stilts, stilts are very popular,” said Chris Ransom. 

“They can see how things were made, like tops, or whimmy diddles. These are simple things that kids can make themselves,” said Stan Ransom. 

Click here for a full list of events.

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