Park’s southern fringe hopes to benefit from Adirondack Challenge

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce officials hope an Adirondack outdoors event next month in Hamilton County also will attract visitors to their areas.

The governor’s Adirondack Challenge is set for July 21 in the town of Indian Lake. Chamber Director of Tourism Gina DaBiere-Gibbs said many people may travel through the Fulton County area to get there.

“We expect people coming through the weekend of July 19-21,” DaBiere-Gibbs told the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee recently. “Hopefully, we’ll get some of that traffic.”

An entire week of runup events throughout the Adirondack Park will start July 12, culminating in the Adirondack Whitewater Challenge and Pro-Am flatwater canoe race. Byron Park in Indian Lake will be the center of activities on July 21. Other attractions will include continuous music including the Stony Creek Band, local foods and artisan stalls, panning for garnets, wildlife demonstrations and Adirondack guides.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County for The Leader-Herald of Gloversville.