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Outdoor-A-Palooza event set for this fall

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Tourism Department is sponsoring an “Outdoor-A-Palooza” event to explore the county’s outdoor activities on Sept. 26 in the Mayfield/Broadalbin area.

The “hub” of the activities will be the county Visitor Center in Vail Mills, according to the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

County Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles outlined the proposed event Wednesday before the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Develop and Environment Committee.

That panel approved visitor center usage for the event. The board must give final approval July 13.

“We’re hoping for it to be an annual event,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

The concept for “Outdoor-A-Palooza” is to have a small number of Route 29/30 corridor businesses conduct “open houses” with the visitor center being the “hub” for activities.

Boles said it will hopefully be a “fun day” for the community, tourists and the exploration of outdoor activities. Highlights would involve the subjects of hunting, fishing, antiquing, biking and more at the involved sites.

As an “anchor site,” the visitor center at Routes 29 and 30 in Vail Mills may include a farmer’s market, biking vendor, walking trail expeditions, scavenger hunt, food trucks and live music.

Boles said Sept. 26 is a “save the date,” as the event is still being organized.

“We will have this on a smaller scale than anticipated,” she said.

She said the original idea was to have many vendors, but she said some of them may not be now participating “due to COVID.” She said some of the other anchors may include Frank’s Gun Shop, Wildlife Museum, ADK Harley, Broadalbin Hotel and Schoolhouse Treasures.

Boles said the hope is to be able to shuttle eventgoers around the Route 29/30 corridor.

“Lexington [ARC] is still onboard to accommodate us with a shuttle,’ she said.

Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze told Boles he wished to participate with information on the Fulton County Rail Trail at the visitor center.

Other ideas for some of the activities for “Outdoor-A-Palooza” include: Chinese auction, flea market, discounted pass for the Wildlife Museum, a kayak tour, fishing expo, health services, craft fair, bounce house and kids activities. Boles said other businesses that might participate include: Sacandaga Brewery, Dairy Frost, ADK Kayak Warehouse, Fritz’s Pizza, and village of Broadalbin eateries.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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