Fulton County gearing up for tourism events

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The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee meets Wednesday afternoon at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is promoting what it calls a “fun, family-oriented” fireworks event — “Walleye Awakening” — the night before the annual Feb. 15 “Walleye Challenge” ice fishing contest.

The free “Walleye Awakening” will start at 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at Lanzi’s on the Lake in Mayfield.

“This is going to be a great tourism attraction for our area,” chamber Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles said Wednesday.

Boles discussed the event during her monthly tourism report given to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee at the County Office Building.

“It’s a Valentine’s Day alternative,” Boles said of the “Walleye Awakening.”

Boles said the Feb. 14 event will feature a bonfire, food specials and fireworks at 7 p.m. by Santore Firework Co. A local band — Our Secret Love Society — will be playing outside from 5 to 9 p.m. She said the group produces a modern mix of classic rock, folk rock, and dance.

The chamber official said she doesn’t remember Fulton County ever having a fireworks show in the winter. She said promotion has started for the “Walleye Awakening” event. Meanwhile, Boles said the traditional “Walleye Challenge” ice fishing contest sold out within one week.

Boles said marketing materials are being designed and a media campaign for the “walleye” events will be launched soon.

Participants in the “Walleye Challenge” will have information about the “Walleye Awakening” in their tag pickup packages, she said. The packets are currently available at Fuel-N-Food, 3006 Route 30 in Mayfield, or have been mailed out to participants requesting certified mailing, she said.

In another event the chamber is promoting, Boles reported on 2020 Fulton County Restaurant Week set for March 7 to 13.

“I’m really looking forward to this,” she said. “We all know we have some great restaurants in this area.”

Boles said she is in the process of calling restaurants to measure potential involvement. Restaurants were mailed a form to follow up with their participation. With the year being 2020, she said restaurants will offer three-course meals for $20.20; lunches for $10.20.

An inaugural Outdoor-a-Poolza event is also planned for September in the Broadalbin area, Boles said. It will feature Fulton County activities such as fishing, hunting and hiking.

Boles said “partners” to be involved along Routes 30 and 29 include: Frank’s Gun Shop, Wildlife Museum, School House Treasurers, Harley-Davidson, Hotel Broadalbin and possibly Adirondack Animal Land.

Boles said the chamber will be contacting food/drink vendors, including restaurants and a new area brewery along the route to participate. A shuttle will bring guests to each location, she said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Kerry Minor

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