INDIAN LAKE The Great Adirondack Moose Festival is Sept. 22 and 23 in Hamilton County in the Adirondack Park.
Visitors to the region for the third annual festival, to be held in the hamlets of Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake, will enjoy games, contests, exhibitions, guided tours and shopping – all with a moose theme. Festival organizers say the half-ton mammal is making a comeback in the Adirondacks.
The festival is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local businesses.
This has taken off like wildfire, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Brenda Valentine said. People are fasinated by the moose.
This year, a major feature during the festival will be the Forever Locked moose traveling exhibition from New Hampshire, featuring two bull moose whose antlers became permanently locked during a fight. The Forever Locked moose museum-quality masterpiece of taxidermy depicting a rare natural event will be on display during the festival at the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Other festival activities include the Moose River Plains wilderness self-guided driving tour, a guided hike to Clear Pond (where two moose were spotted this summer), an open house at the Indian Lake Museum, Blue Mountain Lake historic boat tour, Adirondack quilt show and sales, vendors and crafters, sidewalk sales, an old-fashioned- turkey shoot, Prospect Point House historic tour, a count-the-moose-scat contest, Rocky and Bullwinkle film festival and Moosterpiece games and activities for children.
Returning will be the popular Moose Calling Contest.
Most festival activities are free and do not require advance registration. For more information, visit www.indian-lake.com or call the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce at (518) 648-5636 or (518) 648-5112. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a copy of the festival program at the chamber at 5 Main St. or at one of several businesses around the town during the event.
A full schedule of GAMF events also can be found on Facebook at Great Adirondack Moose Festival.