Maple Weekends are BACK! March 19th-20th, and March 26th-27th.

How Sweet It Is! Maple Weekends are BACK! March 19th-20th, and March 26th-27th.
During Maple Weekend maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience firsthand how pure, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made.
Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup and purchase maple products.
Come visit our Fulton County NY Sugarhouses!
Peaceful Valley Maple Farms (reserve your table now for a family style pancake breakfast this weekend!!)
See you out and about this weekend!

Walleye Awakening Scheduled for Friday, February 18th!

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Fulton County Board of Supervisors are proud to announce that the “Walleye Awakening” is back and is scheduled for Friday, February 18th  from 5pm-8pm.  This will be a Free Fun Family-oriented event, starting at 5pm at Lanzi’s on the Lake, 1751 State Highway 30, Mayfield.  There will be a bonfire, food specials, and a FREE fantastic firework display at 6pm by Santore World Famous Fireworks.  Vinny Michaels will be performing outside, starting at 5pm.

“We are happy to showcase our beautiful area with this event for our local and visiting fishing enthusiasts,” Mark Kilmer, President of the Chamber said.  “It is a great start to a wonderful weekend at the Great Sacandaga Lake.”

Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead commented about the upcoming event. “The Walleye Awakening is going to be a fun winter beach party for area residents and visitors as a pre-lude to the fabulous Walleye Challenge fishing tournament.  I encourage everyone to gather up their families and drive, hike, or sled to the Awakening on Friday night.  It will be a great big Fish-a-palooza party to kick-off the weekend festivities.”

“This is going to be a great tourism event for our area,” Chamber Tourism Director of Development Anne Boles said. “It is a great kick off to the 13th Annual Walleye Challenge, that will be held on Saturday February 19th.   When you are out and about, stop at Lanzi’s to eat and watch a great winter firework show with your family and friends- It’s a great way to start your President’s Day weekend!”

Please visit www.44lakes.com or https://www.facebook.com/VisitFultonCountyNY/ for more information.

Ice Fishing Fun in the 44 Lakes

Photo by Jerrod Vila, NYSOWA

Even though winter grips our region, the number of outdoor activities to partake in are bountiful to say the least. There is snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling…the list goes on and on. However, one of the most popular, family-friendly winter activities occurs on our frozen lakes: ice fishing!

What more could an eager angler ask for in the Land of 44 Lakes? There are so many options to choose from for ice fishing, plus our area has a multitude of different species of fish to pursue. Whatever your specialty is, there is an opportunity for you to target that particular species of fish here within the southern Adirondacks. Here in Fulton County we have lakes and ponds filled with panfish to keep the kiddos interested and having fun, as well as deep water lakes gleaming with lake trout and other coldwater fish species. Great Sacandaga Lake is definitely a highlight, well known as a world-class Northern Pike fishing spot. In fact, it still holds rank as the largest northern pike ever recorded in the entire United States!

Photo by Jerrod Vila, NYSOWA

Ice fishing brings a camaraderie like no other. It really is more of a social event where folks just happen to be fishing at the same time. What could be better? More than just another “fishing trip,” ice fishing in Fulton County always seems to rank more along the lines of an event.

Jerrod Vila comes from generations of avid outdoorsmen. He started out rock hopping pint-sized Adirondack streams in onesie pajamas while pursuing four inch brook trout from the time he could walk. A CDL-A driver by trade, Jerrod is the outdoor columnist for the Amsterdam Recorder, feature writer for New York Outdoor News and member of NYSOWA (New York State Outdoor Writers Association). Jerrod has a passion for eclectic and elegant cuisine from all over the globe and a palate to match. He perhaps dabbles in way too many entities; but always seems to be able to make time for fishing and everything outdoors.

Walleye Challenge Advertising Opportunity for local Businesses

For only $100 you can advertise your business when 2000+ fishing enthusiasts come to Fulton County, NY! Spots are limited, email tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org by 1/6/22 to advertise. First come, first serve. Ice or no ice, these fliers will go out in 2000 envelopes. Email Anne today at tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org

Thank you!

2022 Rules for the Annual Walleye Challenge Fishing Contest

Thank you to our Premiere sponsors Frank’s Gun & Tackle Shop and Saratoga Eagle!

Shanty Sponsor: Wiggy Worm Bait and Supply

Tip Up Sponsor:  First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union

Thank you to Frank and Son’s for sponsoring the tags and sweatshirts!

13th Annual WALLEYE CHALLENGE Ice Fishing Derby

On the Great Sacandaga Lake – Saturday, February 19th, 2022
Fulton County, NY

 

The Walleye Challenge Ice Fishing Derby will be a $100,000 contest consisting of $2,149 per hour in payouts PLUS over $17,000 in miscellaneous prizes.  There also will be drawings for a side by side, and (2) 4-Wheelers (three machines in total will be awarded).

 

2022 Walleye Challenge Rules

Entry fee is $50 with pre-registration required.  Payment and registration is due NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2021 with NO EXCEPTIONS.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

  1. The contest is limited to 2,000 entrants on a first-come, first-served basis with NO EXCEPTIONS.
  2. All fishing to take place ONLY on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  3. Contestants may fish anywhere on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  4. Contest runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, February 19, 2022.  Contestants may be on the ice, holes drilled and cleaned, but there are no tip-ups allowed in the water prior to 7:00am
  5. All New York State DEC laws apply.
  6. You will be issued a tag after registration that MUST be worn on the day of the contest.  Anyone fishing without a tag will be disqualified.  If someone without a tag is fishing in a group, the entire group will be disqualified.  There can be as many people in your group as you want who are not participating in the contest as long as they are not fishing.  Those not fishing may bring in a contestant’s fish to the weigh-in stations for entry.
  7. Only one entry per registrant’s name is allowed.  You may purchase multiple tags for multiple people, but each entry form MUST have an exclusive name to it.
  8. TAGS MUST BE PICKED UP AT FUEL-N-FOOD, 3006 State Highway 30, Mayfield, NY starting Monday, January 17, 2022 through Friday, February 18, 2022.  You can have your tag mailed to you, return receipt requested, for an additional $20 fee.  Please do not lose your tags as they cannot be replaced.  There will be no tags available on the day of the contest. The event committee is not responsible for tags that are picked up by someone other than the contestant assigned to the tag.
  9. Once you receive your tag you are registered to fish in the Walleye Challenge.  There will be no need to check-in or register the morning/day of the contest. There is NO transferring of tags.
  10. There will be THREE weigh stations for the contest; one in front, one the ice, the ice Lanzi’s on the Lake (Route 30, Mayfield) and one in front, on the ice, New York State Boat Launch in Broadalbin (Lakeview Road), and the newest weigh station will be in front, one the ice, of Sport Island Pub (off of Route 30, 108 Riverside Boulevard, Northville).
  11. All fishing must be done in the open view of officials or contestants will be disqualified.  Contestants can be in an ice shanty, but there will be no fresh holes in the ice under your shanty and no fishing will be allowed inside closed shelters.
  12. There will be official clocks at weigh stations that can be viewed by everyone.  All start times and end times and hourly changes will go by those clocks with no exceptions.  You must be at either weigh station with fish no later than 3:00pm and zero seconds to qualify.  PLEASE SYNCHRONIZE YOUR WATCHES TO THESE CLOCKS.
  13. A total of seven (7) lines are allowed per each person with a contest tag; any seven (7) line combination of jig poles and tip-ups is allowed.
  14. All fish must be weighed in on the official scales at weigh stations by event officials.  In the event of a tie in weight, the first fish entered will win.  NO DEAD FISH WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY. Bags are the best way to transport fish.
  15. All fish entered become the property of the event officials who will release the fish back into the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  16. Entry times for fish will be determined when the fish arrives at the weigh station NOT when it is caught.  If the hour changes while you are en route to the weigh station it will be entered for the next hour’s contest.
  17. Fish may not be held for entry within another contest hour.  When fish is caught, it must either be entered for that hour or released immediately back into the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  18. There will be $2,149 in prizes per hour awarded: $599 1st prize; $500 2nd prize; $400 3rd prize; $300 4th prize; $200 5th prize; $100 6th prize; $50 7th prize.
  19. Cash prizes and recreational vehicles will be awarded at 4:00pm at Lanzi’s on the Lake, 1751 State Highway 30, Mayfield.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.  Door prizes not picked up by 5:00pm will become the property of the event committee.  At the event, there will be whiteboards at both weigh stations that will list all of the numbers of the winners throughout the day (corresponding to tags).
  20. Due to COVID-19, cash prizes and recreational vehicles will be recorded live at 4pm on the Visit Fulton County NY Facebook page.  Identification may be required to claim prizes.
  21. In the event that an hourly prize is not awarded due to the lack of entries, money will be awarded as determined by event officials.
  22. If a tagged Walleye is caught during the 8-hour contest, an additional $300 will be paid (yellow tag).
  23. IN CASE THERE IS NO ICE ON THE GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE, all prizes will be given away at Lanzi’s on the Lake at 12 noon on Saturday, February 19, 2022 BY RANDOM DRAWING (contest tag numbers).
  24. Any unsportsmanlike conduct, as determined by the event officials, will be cause for disqualification. All winning entrants may be subject to a polygraph test before awarding of cash prizes. 
  25. The event committee reserves the right to revise contest rules as necessary.
  26. Part of the event proceeds will be donated to the Great Sacandaga Fisheries Federation for Walleye stocking on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL FUEL-N-FOOD at (518) 661-6917 or

THE FULTON MONTGOMERY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE at

(518) 725-0641

Fulton County Outdoor Adventure Day! Saturday October 2nd, 2021

Saturday, October 2nd- 10am-4pm in Broadalbin/Vail Mills
Crafts! Outdoor Activities! Music! Food! Craft Beverages! Antiques! Community Organizations! Pumpkins! Free Family Photos! A chance to meet an NYS hiking guide and mountain athlete! Author and Book Signing! Artisans gifts! Wildlife! Hunting and fishing equipment! Motorcycles! Gloversville Police Dept Biking Safety! Broadalbin Fire Truck! Literally something for everyone in your family. Tons of kids activities this year. All thanks to our generous sponsors – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is truly going to be a great day. New this year: visit all 6 anchors and be entered to win a $500 prize package!
Historic Hotel Broadalbin
Great Sacandaga Brewing Company
School House Treasures Antiques & Gift Center
The Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum
Franks gun shop
Adirondack Harley-Davidson

Like our Facebook page for more details! https://www.facebook.com/VisitFultonCountyNY

 

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