Guides from the North Creek Rafting Company paddle whitewater clients down the Indian River on their way to the Hudson River.
Indian Lake Tourism officials in Hamilton County last week began preparing for the July 21 Adirondack Challenge whitewater races and festival, originally pitched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address and now being promoted through the I Love New York campaign.
A week after video crews were taping a television commercial for the Adirondack Challenge in North River, officials from the town of Indian Lake, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton County were rallying support from the community Thursday, May 23 at the Indian Lake Theater. A few dozen people showed up to hear about this event, which will be based in the town of Indian Lake.
“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity,” Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce Board President Christine Pouch said in a phone interview on May 24. “This is great. It’s going to put Indian Lake on the map. This is the first of hopefully many Adirondack Challenges. We’re looking forward to creating a wonderful opportunity for all these people from downstate that might not know what the Adirondacks are all about.”
Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber and Hamilton County Economic Development and Tourism Director Ann Melious were at the meeting, which was hosted by town and chamber officials.
Hamilton County Tourism is organizing the festivities in Byron Park. The Indian Lake town and chamber are organizing the communitywide festival that will accompany the paddling event, similar to what they do for the Great Adirondack Moose Festival each September. The festivities will stretch from the Indian Lake Central School down State Route 28 to Byron Park on Lake Adirondack.
“There will be a pretty large focus on fly fishing and a demonstration near Lake Adirondack,” Pouch said. “We’re going to have music in town, and there’s going to be some barbecues by the fire department and the American Legion and food vendors in town.”