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OkTupperFest at Big Tupper

October 4, 2012
By staff (weekender@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Chairlift rides through fall foliage, a Mud Run, a scarecrow contest, beer and food for sale, live music, kids activities and craft vendors - these are of the attractions on tap for OkTupperFest Saturday at Big Tupper Ski Area.

OkTupperFest is a fundraiser for local grassroots group ARISE (Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy), which managed the mostly volunteer effort to reopen and run Big Tupper for the last three winters, after a decade of the ski hill being closed. On Sept. 25, ARISE announced that it cannot afford to reopen Big Tupper this winter, and that it would try to apply its remaining funds, and those raised at OkTupperFest, to other community efforts it's involved in.

Free rides on Big Tupper's chairlift will be given from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday; after riding up, people must walk down the ski trails amid the fall colors.

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People enjoy live music, food, socializing and fall colors at OkTupperFest last October.
(Enterprise file photo — Jessica Collier)

Businesses, youth groups, classrooms, individuals, families and organizations are invited to take part in the scarecrow contest. Prizes will be given.

The third annual Big Tupper OkTupperFest Mud Rud covers more than 3.5 miles with 900 feet of ascent and descent. Each participant gets a free T-shirt, raffles and a beer coupon (ages 21+). Prizes will be given to the top male and female finishers.

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