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Moose Fest to highlight calling contest

A bull moose browses foliage at Helldiver Pond in Moose River Plains. Maps of the area will be available at the local Chamber of Commerce during the Great Adirondack Moose Festival, Sept. 24 and 25.

A bull moose browses foliage at Helldiver Pond in Moose River Plains. Maps of the area will be available at the local Chamber of Commerce during the Great Adirondack Moose Festival, Sept. 24 and 25. Carolyn Belknap

— They did have at least one moose sighting last year, said Valentine, and they ask people to log sightings with the organizers.

The event is put on by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, with the goal of raising funds for the organization and bringing people in to the town.

The moose is a charismatic animal, said Kanze. Everybody loves the moose, wants to learn about it, wants to see it, he said.

Kanze said Indian Lake is a great destination. Though he's traveled the world, Indian Lake ranks highly as a favorite spot.

He grew up downstate in Westchester County, but he's descended from early Hamilton County settlers.

As a child, he spent a week every year around Indian Lake, and the area holds fond boyhood memories for him. He said he's honored to be invited to judge the competition, and being part of the town's festivities is meaningful and joyful.

Though the state Department of Environmental Conservation puts the moose population at 300 to 500 animals, they're spread around the six million acres of wilderness in the park. Kanze said Indian Lake and its 50,000-acre Moose River Plains are a hot spot, however.

The comeback of the animals to the Adirondacks shows how the park today is wilder than it was a hundred years ago, said Kanze.

The festival will also offer guided tours, fly-fishing demonstrations, an Adirondack Quilt Show and Sale, Backcountry Safety Program with wilderness tips, an Old-Fashioned Turkey Shoot, a Moose Scavenger Hunt, sidewalk sales, Logging in the Adirondacks with competitions and chainsaw carving demonstrations, Moosterpiece children's games and activities, and other events and attractions.

Those interested can find festival information or pre-register for the moose-calling contest by visiting www.indian-lake.com, calling 518-648-5636 or browsing to Facebook at Great Adirondack Moose Festival.

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