INDIAN LAKE - The fifth annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival, New York State's first ever moose-themed fete, is just a few weeks away.
Held in Indian Lake, moose-themed activities will be the main attractions during the weekend of September 27 and 28. Visitors to Indian Lake will enjoy programs, games, contests and exhibitions - all in the name of the elusive and majestic moose. The large mammal has made a comeback in the Adirondacks, and lucky participants may even spot a moose during the festival weekend.
"The festival is a celebration of the return of the moose to the Adirondacks and is designed to offer multi-generational Adirondack experiences. This community-wide event features a host of Adirondack style and fun moose-themed family activities," said organizers Brenda Valentine and Christine Pouch in a press release.
Photo — Gary Lee
Adirondack moose are the main focus of the fifth annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival, to be held Sept. 27-28 in Indian Lake.
This year, major festival activities will feature several family-fun Adirondack wilderness experiences These activities will include a Moose River Plains self-guided tour, guided hikes to Castle Rock, OK Slip Falls, Rock Dam and Clear Pond, fall foliage white-water rafting, moose caption contest, shopping for arts and crafts under the Big Moose Tent and at local retailers, free samples of moose chili courtesy of the Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Club, New York State beer and wine tasting and the Lake Adirondack Fly Casting Championship.
Other festival activities for visitors to enjoy include: the Utica Zoo Mobile, Traditions of Backcountry Brook Trout in the Adirondacks and Moose Management presentations, Indian Lake Museum Open House, Moosetastic History at the Adirondack Museum, an old fashion turkey shoot, "Count the moose scat" contest and moosterpiece fun games and activities for children and much more, all with a moose theme. The festival mascot - Bruce the Moose - will be visiting different festival activities throughout the weekend.
Back by popular demand is the third annual Moose Calling Contest. Check out the contest and witness the fun, and sometimes bizarre and authentic, hooting and hollering moose calls from adult and children contestants.
Ed Kanze, naturalist and outdoor guide will be the contest master of ceremony and one of the official judges. The contest will be limited to two categories, adult and children, and will be held at the Indian Lake Theater.
The festival is scheduled to coincide with peak fall foliage. Most festival activities are free and do not require advance registration.
The Great Adirondack Moose Festival is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors.
For more information, visit www.indian-lake.com or call 518-648-5636 or 518-648-5112. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a copy of the festival program at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and at several businesses around town during the event. Also, a full schedule of GAMF events can also be found on Facebook at "Great Adirondack Moose Festival."