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New, improved events planned for North Creek in 2012

Pat Hamilton, director of the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce

Pat Hamilton, director of the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The 2012 special events calendar is shaping up for the Gore Mountain Region, with some new events being added to the annual standards.

One of the first major events of the year will be the 3rd Annual Adirondack Adventure Festival from May 4 to 6. That’s the same weekend as the White Water Derby. A meeting was set for Feb. 23 to plan the festival, which will include 20-mile and 50-mile road bike tours; a 15-mile mountain bike ride; free raft rides; guided hikes; live music; craft and food vendors; and exhibitors.

The Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the Adirondack Adventure Festival, but the region’s calendar of events is mostly filled by activities from a variety of groups.

“We work in conjunction with many other organizations to promote the region as a whole,” said Chamber Director Pat Hamilton.

And while North Creek is a ski town, the region features many activities in all seasons.

“We try to market ourselves as a four-season destination,” Hamilton said, adding that the events during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall are “critical” to the local economy. “We’re trying to put North Creek on the map ... and people who are not familiar with North Creek are pleasantly surprised because we do have a lot of things to offer.”

North Creek Business Alliance co-chair Mike Bowers introduced a couple of people at the group’s Feb. 16 meeting who are planning new events in 2012 for North Creek.

“We have some things that we’ve been doing every year ... but we’ve been asking everybody to create more events to help make us a destination,” Bowers said.

His daughter, Anna Bowers, is helping organize a Fashion Show down by the train station as a fundraiser for the Business Alliance, which helps market the town. It will also promote local businesses that sell clothing. The Fashion Show would be held in conjunction with a silent auction and include food and drink. A tentative date of Friday, June 15 was announced, but it was not finalized. Volunteers will be needed.

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