INDIAN LAKE - With the warbling hoots of a moose-calling contest, the people of this community invite visitors to help cheer the ongoing moose comeback in the Adirondacks next weekend, Sept. 22 and 23.
The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the Great Adirondack Moose Festival, says it's New York state's first-ever festival dedicated to moose.
This year, a major feature during the annual festival will be the "Forever Locked" traveling exhibition from New Hampshire, featuring two bull moose whose antlers became permanently locked during a fight. This museum-quality masterpiece of taxidermy depicting a rare, natural event will be on display at the Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department during the Moose Festival.
The Helldiver Moose, a large bull, gets his nickname from Helldiver Pond, where it hangs out, not too far from Indian Lake.
(Photo courtesy of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce)
Other activities for visitors to enjoy include a self-guided driving tour of the Moose River Plains, a guided hike to Clear Pond (where two moose were spotted this summer), an open house of the Indian Lake Museum, a historic boat tour in Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Quilt Show & Sales, vendors and crafters in the Big Moose Tent, sidewalk sales, an old-fashioned turkey shoot, a tour of the historic Prospect Point House, a Count the Moose Scat Contest, a Rocky and Bullwinkle film festival, and games and activities for children, all with a moose theme.
Back by popular demand for the second year will be the Moose Calling Contest, in which adult and child contestants give voice to sometimes bizarre, sometimes authentic hooting and hollering moose calls. Naturalist and author Ed Kanze of Bloomingdale will return as the master of ceremonies and one of the judges. The contest will be limited to two categories, adults and children, and will be held at the Indian Lake Theater.
Most festival activities are free and do not require advance registration.
The festival is held near the peak of fall foliage, so visitors can also enjoy the colors of the central Adirondacks.
For more information, visit www.indian-lake.com or Facebook at "Great Adirondack Moose Festival," or call 518-648-5636 or 518-648-5112.