Event to draw writers to county

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County will host the New York State Outdoor Writers Association’s “Spring Safari” from May 29-June 1.

Mark Kilmer, the president of the The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, mentioned the event recently during a report given to Fulton County supervisors at the County Office Building.

He said the group will be primarily staying at Peck’s Lake. The event’s main purpose is for writers to gain material to write about outdoor activities in Fulton County.

Kilmer said the group will participate in various outings such as fishing, turkey hunting, kayaking, canoeing and hiking. The association will visit the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum in Vail Mills, Taylor Made, Pine Tree Rifle Club and other sites.

The chamber’s tourism department for Fulton County is preparing for its Summer Brochure Exchange on May 1.

Kilmer noted the chamber’s Summer Brochure Exchange will be conducted from 5 to 7 p.m. May 1 at the Gateway to the Adirondacks Visitor Center in Vail Mills.

Tourism-related businesses are encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, menus and promotional items to exchange “business-to-business” and pick up Fulton County maps, travel guides, magazines and other items to have on hand at their businesses. Kilmer said the visitor center staff will also be on hand that night.

Elsewhere in his report, Kilmer stated: “Tourism goody bags are starting to be prepared at the chamber office.”

Kilmer said about 1,000 will be given out. The chamber helps coordinate the effort involving bags from businesses with local brochures and products for visitors to the Fulton County region. The chamber stuffs and delivers the bags prior to Memorial Day weekend to campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels, real estate agents and others.

Three local groups are joining forces to raise money, promote their causes and increase tourism in the county, Kilmer said. They will be involved with a “5K Triple Crown” series presented by St. Mary’s Healthcare. Glove Cities Rotary will host a May 3 “Run for the Roses 5K” on Kentucky Derby Day. Mountain Valley Hospice will host the second 5K run May 18 on Preakness Weekend. Lexington Center will host its 10th Annual 5K race on June 7 – the day of the Belmont Stakes.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at