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Glens Falls is a City Rich in History!

Glens Falls HistoryGlens Falls NY was the site of many French-Indian and Revolutionary War Battles because of its halfway point between between Fort Edward in Fort Edward NY and Fort William Henry in Lake George NY. Orignally called "Chepontuc", a Mohawk word meaning 'hard place to get around', Glens Falls NY had a waterfall that blocked the Hudson River. In 1763 Abraham Wing formed a settlement called "Wing's Falls" but later lost the name of the town to Colonel Johannes Glen to settle a debt. Glen changed the name to Glen's Falls, but it was later changed to later changed to Glens Falls.

In 1780, Glens Falls was destroyed in the "Great Burning" of 1780 when a Britsh punitive expedition passed through the area. Glens Falls NY was rebuilt and came back stronger than ever!

Glens Falls was incorporated as a city in 1908 separating it it from the Town of Queensbury. Glens Falls celebrated it centennial in 2008 with many special events in Downtown Glens Falls. Glens Falls prides itself on being named "Hometown USA" according to Look Magazine as a result of it's small town feel with big city amenities.

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Regional Events

  • The Howl Trivia Night
    Join the SUNY Adirondack Foundation for a night of trivia, fun, food and prizes at the Foundation’s inaugural Howl Trivia Night fundraiser on Friday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the SUNY Adirondack gymnasium. Proceeds benefit SUNY Adirondack Foundation scholarships. Teams of six players will compete for prizes and a trophy. The competition will consist of three rounds with a tiebreaker if necessary. Question content includes history, literature, pop culture, music, theater/movies, sports, and local interest. Tickets are $50 per person or $300 per team. Sponsorships are available and include recognition on the website and during the event. Sales are limited to 120 tickets. The cost includes the competition and a full dinner buffet. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available. Register at www.sunyacc.edu/trivia. For more information, please call the SUNY Adirondack Foundation Office at 518-743-2243.
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  • NYSPHSAA Basketball Championships
    The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) comprises over 700 high schools, divided into eleven (11) geographical sections from all over New York State except New York City.
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  • Bands 'n Beans 2015
    Hot chili and hot music will be celebrated at the Annual Bands 'n Beans. Over 30 restaurants and individuals will compete in a chili cooking contest & attendees can vote for their favorite chili!
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  • The Great Upstate Boat Show In Queensbury NY
    Dreaming of summer fun on the waters of Lake George? Tubing, fishing, or simply cruising and enjoying your surroundings? Then get prepared for the 2015 boating season and visit the Great Upstate Boat Show!
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  • The 2015 Glens Falls Brewfest
    The Glens Falls Brewfest is a beer and ale tasting event that draws the best of the best local breweries! This year the event will be held on March 28, conveniently located at the Queensbury Hotel!
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