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Indian Lake to host Adirondack Moose Festival

Naturalist Ed Kanze holds a microphone while Beth Petrie, of Indian Lake, attempts to call a moose during the 2012 Great Adirondack Moose Festival moose-calling contest.

Naturalist Ed Kanze holds a microphone while Beth Petrie, of Indian Lake, attempts to call a moose during the 2012 Great Adirondack Moose Festival moose-calling contest. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Organizers of the 4th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival heard the call last year — not the call of a wild moose but the call for more outdoors activities during the Sept. 28-29 event.

“The theme this year is to help people get into the great outdoors,” said Moose Festival co-organizer Brenda Valentine. “I want to get into the great outdoors, but I don’t want to go alone.”

The call for more outdoor activities came from festival goers who filled out the evaluations a year ago. And the promise has been made. It’s time to celebrate the Adirondack moose by going outside. These activities will include a Moose River Plains self-guided driving tour, guided hikes to Sawyer Mountain and Castle Rock, fall foliage whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, and the Tour de Moose mountain bike guided tour. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the local peaks and valleys, rivers and lakes while enjoying the beauty of the Adirondacks.

Visitors to the Moose Festival can participate in programs, games, contests and exhibitions — all with a moose theme. Other activities will include: Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center exhibit and demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations, Indian Lake Museum Open House, Blue Mountain Lake Historic Boat Tour, Adirondack Quilt Show, vendors and crafters in the Big Moose Tent, an old-fashioned turkey shoot, Count the Moose Scat Contest, Adirondack Art Moose Hunt and Moosterpiece fun games. The festival mascot, Bruce the Moose, will be visiting different festival venues throughout the weekend.

Back by popular demand will be the annual Moose Calling Contest at the Indian Lake Theater. Participation is free and open to the public. New York state licensed guide and outdoor columnist Joe Hackett, of Ray Brook, will be the contest emcee and one of the official judges. The contest will be limited to two categories, adult and children.

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