January 31- February 3, 2019
Fort Ticonderoga, in partnership with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, will host the first stop of the 39th Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) torch relay on January 31, 2019 from 6:45-8:45 am. As part of this celebration, local dignitaries and state officials, as well as torch runners, will be in attendance to speak about the 2019 Games and their impact on the state of New York. During the ceremony, Fort Ticonderoga museum staff will provide demonstrations including historic trades. Following the ceremony, dignitaries, state officials, and torch runners will be available for interviews.
ESWG is a multi-day sports event hosted in the Adirondack Park, New York that brings together athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events. The 2018 Games included more than 2,100 athletes of all ages, including master divisions, and the 2019 Games are expected to exceed that number.
“Fort Ticonderoga is delighted to be part of the torch relay for the Empire State Winter Games,” said Beth Hill Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “As one of our nation’s most iconic places, it brings us great joy to welcome the torch runners and community to the historic grounds.”
More about the Empire State Winter Games
The Empire State Winter Games is a community-driven event, courtesy of a partnership between the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST); the towns of North Elba, Wilmington, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, Malone, and Brighton; the villages of Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths, Malone, Wilmington, and Saranac Lake; the counties of Essex and Franklin; the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority, and New York State Senator Betty Little. Sport venues are located in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Malone, and Paul Smiths. Venues include: Lake Placid Olympic Center Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid Olympic Jumping and Sliding complexes, Mid’s Park in Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, Paul Smith’s College, Paul Smith’s College VIC, Saranac Lake Civic Center Ice Rink, Dewey Mountain Recreation Area, Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center, Olympic Cross Country and Biathlon Center, Titus Mountain, and Mount Pisgah. LPECQD, Inc, a subsidiary of ROOST, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and is fiscally responsible for the Empire State Winter Games.
Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October.
America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.
Photo provided by the Empire State Winter Games.