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Brasher gearing up for cruise-in, muskie challenge

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BRASHER FALLS – The Brasher area will once again be hosting a muskie challenge this year.

“We talked about having it just one day this year. We thought maybe we would concentrate on the soldiers,” Town Supervisor M. James Dawson said.

This year’s event is set for Sept. 7.

The 2012 Hometown Heroes Muskie Challenge brought 32 soldiers from Fort Drum and 32 guides from around the area to Brasher to fish in the St. Regis and Deer rivers.

It also gave youngsters an opportunity to play flag football with NFL standouts who visited for the first-ever event.

A Punt, Pass and Kick contest was held at the Tri-Town Arena for kids 14 and under. The top five winners in each of four divisions - eight years old and younger, ages nine and 10, ages 11 and 12, and ages 13 and 14 - received NFL jerseys and moved on to participate in a flag football game with former Oakland Raider Eddie Kidd, San Francisco 49’er Sam Kennedy, and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Monte Spencer.

The event, presented by Brasher Falls community leaders and representatives of Fishcap, the initiative that promotes the St. Lawrence River Valley as a premier fishing destination, also featured face painting, horse-drawn rides and a bouncy house and slide for family members of the soldiers and community residents.

Mr. Dawson said he had talked with James Stickney from American Legion Post 514, Winthrop, who said there were many soldiers in the 18 to 19 year range who enjoyed last year’s event.

“He talked to the captain and said they want to get away from Fort Drum,” he said.

Mr. Dawson said they’ve already allocated funding for this year’s event.

They’ve also allocated funding for this year’s fifth annual Super Cruise-In and Car Show, which is scheduled to run from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Brasher Municipal Building.

Although numbers were down slightly last year, the 2011 event brought approximately 150 cars, truck and motorcycles to the grounds for display.

Those numbers were up from 110 vehicles the inaugural year and 136 vehicles in 2010.

Last year’s Super Cruise-In and Car Show featured not only classic vehicles, but also a contest asking participants to dress in a period costume corresponding to their vehicle. The winner took home a $100 prize courtesy of W.B. Goodnow Insurance Agency, while there was also a second prize of $50 and a third prize of $25.

Music was provided by The Drifters and Oshier Country, and the Quad Town Lions Club had a food booth, with the proceeds benefiting the Tri-Town Christmas program. They served more than 200 kids and families last Christmas.

Although he’s still working out the details for this year’s event, Mr. Dawson said he has already arranged for bands to play and has ordered dash plaques, which are being provided by W.B. Goodnow Insurance Agency. He said he has also talked with representatives from Primabella’s and Lavigne’s IGA, and will be meeting with a representative from the Quad Town Lion’s Club to see if they planned to set up a concession again this year.

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