Outdoor Adventure Day slated for Oct. 2

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County recently gave approval for the second version of Fulton County Outdoor Adventure Day set for Oct. 2 at the Visitor Center in Vail Mills and along the Route 30/29 Corridor.

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is planning for the event, which has “anchors.” They are the visitor center at Routes 29/30; Schoolhouse Treasurers, Wildlife Museum, ADK Harley Davidson, Broadalbin Hotel and the Great Sacandaga Brewing Co.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development & Environment Committee recently approved a facilities use application by Fulton County Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles for use of the visitor center. The request looks for final approval Monday by the full board.

Boles has often referred to Fulton County Outdoor Adventure Day as “outdoor-a-palooza” — a chance for families to get out and enjoy. The event was held last year during the COVID-19 pandemic on a limited basis, but officials hope this fall’s event will be much more open.

Boles told the committee that Oct. 2 will be a “fun day” for the community and tourists to explore outdoor activities. Highlights will be hunting, fishing, antiquing, biking and more at the open houses/anchor sites.

The Route 30/29 Corridor is due to be filled with exhibits, vendors, crafters, food, shuttle to anchors, beverages and more, officials said.

In a related matter, the committee approved reallocation of a budget line item covering Fulton County’s featured events.

“The intent is to get back to two featured events in 2022,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Boles said that due to COVID-19, the featured events that were started in 2020 were disrupted for 2021. For example, the chamber was unable to host the popular Walleye Challenge and Walleye Awakening in 2021.

Even though that “big draw” event was disrupted, Boles proposed that the $10,000 allocated for one event be used for smaller secondary events in 2021, which will still draw tourists to Fulton County.

“I realize we can reallocate money for smaller events in Fulton County,” Boles said.

Events mentioned by Boles included: 2021 Restaurant Week — $2,500; Fulton County Five Hiking Challenge — $2,000; Fulton County 44 Lakes Craft Beverage Trail — $3,000; and radio promotion for general tourism holiday promotion — $2,500. Much of the funding is earmarked for radio promotion, flyers, social media promotion.

By Patricia Older