News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

This summer marks the second MooseFest since the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce began the promotion in 2005, said the Rutland Herald. Visitors have said they made a conscious decision to visit Bennington because “…we heard the moose were here.” That’s music to the ears of area businessess. Not only do the moose attract out of town people, but Vermonters in neighboring counties look at it as an unusual day trip. The Albany Airport has even asked to display one of the decorated “animals” in their concoursel. The life-size moose statues are all uniquely decorated by area artists who have given their statues names, such as “We Are All One” which portrays a moose family (bull, mother and baby), and a solar-powered one entitled “Moosey BB Goode and Green.” Chamber Director Joann Erenhouse said: “When people are having a hard time economically, not only is it accessible, but you don’t feel stupid to laugh and smile when they’re doing the moose tour.” besides, when was the last time you looked a moose in the face and laughed at him?

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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