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Indian Lake may host governor’s whitewater challenge

Event tentatively set for July

Rafting with Beaver Brook Outfitters, based in Wevertown, which specializes in whitewater rafting trips on the Hudson River

Rafting with Beaver Brook Outfitters, based in Wevertown, which specializes in whitewater rafting trips on the Hudson River

— The Adirondack Challenge would give the governor a chance to showcase these new Forest Preserve lands.

The tentative itinerary for the Adirondack Challenge Festival sets Sunday, July 21 as the date and the town of Indian Lake as the place. However, nobody from the governor’s press office or Empire State Development, which runs the I Love New York program, could confirm or deny the information by press time.

Even local outfitters and town officials are tight-lipped. Indian Lake Town Supervisor Brian Wells said he can’t say anything until the governor makes his announcement. Johnsburg Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow said he was out of the loop on the planning. Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce Board President Christine Pouch said she has not heard anything, as she just got back form vacation. Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Executive Director Jim McKenna, based in Lake Placid, said he can’t say anything, as details are still being worked out and all plans are tentative at this point. And Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Salamon said that while it looks as though Indian Lake in Hamilton County will be getting the Adirondack Challenge Festival, instead of the town of Johnsburg in Warren County, she and other business leaders in North River and North Creek will play a part in the event.

“Since we have all the feet on the ground here, we’ll obviously be doing a couple of things,” Salamon said. “One, helping get the festival off the ground, especially with lodging and accommodations. If we’re going to have a big influx of people, obviously they’re going to have to stay somewhere.”

According to the tentative itinerary, the Adirondack Challenge would feature a whitewater race for the governor and other elected officials and invited guests. Then there will be an internationally competitive flatwater event and a festival with food and music. That would include an awards ceremony hosted by the governor. In 2013, the event would be branded the Adirondack Challenge Kickoff Festival.

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