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Fort Drum holds first Mountainfest in 2 years

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 5:29 PM EDT
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FORT DRUM, New York (WWNY) - The crowd moving to the beat, food, and games -- it made for a laid-back and fun atmosphere at Fort Drum’s Mountainfest on Wednesday.

The first Mountainfest since 2019 brought in soldiers and civilians alike. Many attended the Salute to the Nation ceremony. That’s where Fort Drum soldiers showed off battle maneuvers and some of the machinery and equipment they use -- like Apache and Blackhawk helicopters, Humvees, and howitzer cannons.

It was an eye-opener for Logan Palmer.

“I believe it was a great experience to see how the Army really works and how the 10th Mountain Division operates,” he said. The largest crowd of the night was for the concert. Blanco Brown opened for Randy Houser.

“I’m here with my wife and daughter,” Fort Drum soldier William Hall said. “Yeah, we’re here to see Randy Houser.”

Hall wasn’t alone. The lawn was packed with people of all ages enjoying the show. Soldiers experiencing Mountainfest for the first time call it a unique opportunity.

“Well, it brings the people in and it lets the military also give back to the community and show appreciation for letting us be here,” Hall said

“And so far, it’s really, really great,” Cpl. James Ricks said. “I really like it.”

Others didn’t come for the music. For some ice cream was on their minds -- that is, if you were willing to wait on this long line.

“Two hours,” Maggie Pare and Ashley Martin said. “It gets to the point where you’re weak if you leave.”

After the long wait, the girls finally got their big ice cream cones. They said it was well worth it. Whether it was the music, the demonstrations, or the food, it brought a big crowd back to Fort Drum for Mountainfest.

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