Bethel Maine Moose Festival set for June 12-14, 2015
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center partners with the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce to host annual moose permit lottery and festival.
BETHEL – Each year, over 60,000 sportsmen and women from around the state and the country enter a drawing to fulfill a dream: to hunt a Maine moose. The odds are long, with 3000-4000 people ultimately winning a permit annually. Many wait years before their names are chosen – and on June 12-14, 2015, thousands of hopeful hunters and their families will travel to Bethel in person to see if, this year, they will finally get their chance.
To welcome the crowd, the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce and the UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Bryant Pond are organizing the Bethel Maine Moose Festival, presented by Cabela’s – three days of festivities in celebration of wildlife and the outdoor sporting lifestyle.
A 4th regional qualifying round for the Maine Moose Calling Championship will start off the event at The Bethel Inn Resort on Friday, June 12. Maine’s nationally touring alt-country rock band, The Mallett Brothers, will also perform Friday evening.
The moose hunting permit lottery will anchor the event on Bethel’s town common on Saturday, June 13. The day will also feature the finals of the Moose Calling Championship, kids’ activities, hunting and fishing demonstrations, a raffle, and vendors including guides, outdoor products, non-profits, crafts, and food.
Youth Field Day at the UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Bryant Pond and a golf tournament at The Bethel Inn Resort to benefit camp scholarships round out activities on Sunday, June 14. “This year’s moose lottery and festival in Bethel will showcase all of the great local opportunities for sportsmen and women. The fact that a portion of the proceeds will help give young people an opportunity to come to camp is an added bonus,” said Scott Olsen, from Bryant Pond 4-H Camp.
In addition to Cabela’s, Bethel Bait Tackle & More, L.L. Bean, Townsquare Media, Allen’s Coffee Brandy, Baxter Brewing Co., Bangor Daily News, and Orion Outfitters & Guide Service have signed on as sponsors of the event. The Maine Office of Tourism also awarded the event a marketing grant.
“Cabela’s has been involved in Maine moose lottery events all over the state for several years,” said Greg Sirpis, Cabela’s marketing director. “We think the crowd will be excited about the schedule of events and believe that Bethel will host the best events surrounding a moose lottery yet.”
To get in the Moose Festival spirit, local businesses are encouraged to paint their own moose silhouettes, which will be available to purchase from Bethel Bait Tackle & More. The chamber will organize a self-guided tour of the moose art to encourage visitors to patronize each business.
Other ways to get involved in the Moose Festival include becoming a vendor, advertising in the official program, volunteering, or creating a special activity in conjunction with the event. For information, contact the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org, (207) 824-2282, or visit www.bethelmainemoosefest.com and www.facebook.com/BethelMaineMooseFest.