A day of fun on the river, sporting events, military skills demonstrations, a tribute to fallen Soldiers, patriotic ceremonies, musical performances and fireworks will highlight Mountainfest, Fort Drum’s annual weeklong celebration of freedom.
Mountainfest events kick off today with Riverfest in Alexandria Bay, hosted by the Association of the United States Army and Fort Drum’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The annual event gives Soldiers, Families and civilian employees an opportunity to enjoy the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.
Riverfest activities will include a barbecue lunch and a dockside carnival before participants enjoy a one-hour boat cruise through the Thousand Islands with a stop at historic Boldt Castle on Heart Island.
Activities will continue with Soldiers testing their abilities in a variety of athletic events beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with softball and basketball tournaments at Magrath Sports Complex and a soccer tournament at Monti Physical Fitness Center Field. The action will continue with flag football at 9 a.m. Sunday at Monti Field, and softball if needed.
Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Soldiers will compete in a 5K run and a Functional Fitness Challenge at Magrath Sports Complex.
A two-day vehicle roadeo will begin at 7 a.m. Monday to recognize the best Army drivers in the 10th Mountain Division (LI). Teams will compete with six different vehicles in events of skill to determine the best of the best at Fort Drum.
A Warrior Endurathon will begin at 7 a.m. Monday at Remington Park. Soldiers will compete as teams in a one-mile run to a stress shoot event. Teams will then run back to the start point, where they will trade their M-4 for a rubber duckie and then ruck march to Remington Beach. There they will board canoes to cross half the length of the pond.
They will then make a poncho raft crossing of Remington Pond and ruck march to the finish line. The team with the fastest time will win, with time added for misses on the stress shoot range.
Meanwhile, Fort Drum personnel and their Families are invited to enjoy a day at Remington Park to cheer on military units as they participate in a tug of war competition and other events beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. The free, daylong event will feature food, music, children’s games, beach swimming and fun.
Meanwhile, Mountainfest would not be complete without pausing to pay tribute to Fort Drum’s fallen Soldiers during the annual remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Memorial Park. This year’s guest speaker will be retired Maj. Gen. Galen Jackman, former 10th Mountain Division (LI) chief of staff and deputy commanding general – support.
Fort Drum’s senior leaders will test their athletic prowess during the annual commanders versus command sergeants major softball game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Magrath Field.
The public is invited to join in Fort Drum’s annual celebration of freedom festivities at Mountainfest Day on June 26. Soldiers will start the day by showing their esprit de corps in a division run at 7 a.m.
Then the celebration will begin at 1 p.m. on Division Hill with military equipment displays, food and drinks, games, and a pay-as-you-play Adventure Zone that will offer ATV rides, archery, paintball, bounce houses and a rock climbing wall.
Featured events include a Car / Audio and Motorcycle Show hosted by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers from 1 to 5 p.m. that allows visitors to check out custom rides while competitors vie for trophies.
Fort Drum will pay tribute to those who serve in the military to protect the nation’s freedom with the colorful Salute to the Nation
at 5 p.m., featuring the flags of all 50 states and six American territories.
The entertainment will continue at 6:30 p.m. with live music by the 2013 North Country Idol winner, Corey Walts, and Syracuse's newest rock band, Scars N' Stripes. Country music star Craig Morgan, with six albums to his credit including "This Ole Boy," will then take to the stage to perform.
Immediately after the concert, an American tradition will continue at Fort Drum with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Both are courtesy of AmeriCU Credit Union, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Martin’s Point Health Care and Carthage Area Hospital. (Sponsorship does not imply endorsement.)
Admission to the annual Mountainfest Day celebration is free and open to the public, courtesy of Fort Drum Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Those attending Mountainfest Day events should be advised that no glass bottles, pets, or fire arms/other weapons will be allowed onto the grounds.
Use of diaper bags or large purses will be allowed, but they are subject to inspection and screening. Service animals will be permitted.
(Fort Drum Public Affairs Office)