By PETE KLEIN
INDIAN LAKE - The Great Adirondack Moose Festival certainly brought people to town. The streets were so congested with traffic and people that one person called the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to complain.
Mother Nature smiled on the event with perfect early autumn weather and near peak fall foliage during the many moose-themed programs held the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29. Visitors and residents enjoyed programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided tours, shopping and more.
Forest Ranger Bruce Lomnitzer says the half-ton moose is making a comeback in the Adirondacks, but spotting one can be difficult because they tend to be elusive -- except for the bull that shows up at Helldiver Pond in the Moose River Plains most mornings.
The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local businesses sponsor the GAMF.
This year's lineup included the very popular Moose Calling Contest, fun family activities at the Byron Park pavilion, fall foliage whitewater rafting through the Hudson River Gorge, a guided hike up Sawyer Mountain, self-guided drives though the Moose River Plains, an old-fashioned turkey shoot, an Adirondack Quilt Show and sidewalk sales up and down Main Street.
There was much more, including a visit by Bruce the Moose and Smokey Bear at the pavilion, to the delight of the children.