For many visitors to the Greenville area, a stop at the sprawling store that sits atop Indian Hill is part of the itinerary.
If you can’t find it at Indian Hill Trading Post, some will tell you, there’s a very good likelihood that you don’t need it … no matter what it is.
From groceries to guns, hardware to clothing, fishing gear to camping equipment, the monstrous store has something for everyone, especially those heading into the woods on vacation.
“Our advertising slogan is, “The shopping gateway to the great north woods,” says Craig Watt, the store’s operations manager.
“We try to be a one-stop shop for people and we try to have the things people need when they come into the area,” Watt said. “We’ve been at it a long time, and I think we get better at it every year.”
Tonight the folks at Indian Hill Trading Post will give you another reason to stop by, as they’ll host the Backpacker Magazine “Get Me Out More” Tour from 7 to 9 p.m.
The tour, which is making 75 stops in 48 states, will feature the magazine’s “All-Star Get Out More Team,” Sheri and Randy Propster.
According to Watt, Indian Hill Trading Post was included as a stop in part because of its affiliation with the tour’s main sponsor.
“Backpacker Magazine [is staging the tour] in conjunction with Woolrich,” Watt said. “I guess that’s how we got on the list. We’re one of Woolrich’s biggest retailers.”
According to a Backpacker press release, the Propsters will host a 60-minute seminar on trip planning, safety and choosing the right outdoor gear and apparel.
“It’s pretty much focused on hiking, clothing, proper preparations for long treks, multi-night outdoor stays,” Watt said. “And they’ve got a lot of stuff they’re going to give away. They’re just trying to interest people in getting outside and experiencing the outdoors from a hiking standpoint.”
And if folks do decide they want to spend more time outside, Watt and his staff can certainly help outfit them for future adventures.
Watt said Indian Hill Trading Post first opened in 1978, and his family bought the store in 1983.
Since then, the trading post has grown … and grown … and grown.
“The original store was 2,500 square feet,” Watt said. “When we bought it, it was about 5,000 square feet. Right now, if you add everything up, it’s 65,000 square feet.”
The Backpacker Magazine Get Out More tour has been running for 10 years, and has proven popular over the years.
“When Backpacker established the Get Out More tour a decade ago, we had the simple goal of inspiring and empowering outdoor enthusiasts to experience the great outdoors with greater confidence, comfort and safety,” Backpacker editor-in-chief Jonathan Dorn said in a news release. “Since then, our team has established a unique educational platform rich in heritage and purpose, one that now reaches tens of thousands of readers and retail customers in their own backyards.”
Watt said he doesn’t know how many people will attend tonight’s seminar, but he’s ready for anything.
“They told me … they’ve had as many as 300 people and as few as 20-something,” Watt said. “It’s going to be a surprise to me either way.”
Five vets win moose permits
A Maine moose permit is coveted by many hunters, and this year the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, made five hunts available to disabled veterans.
The five winners were chosen in a lottery that took place in Lee on Friday.
Five “any-moose” permits were awarded to hunters who will be allowed to take part in the Aroostook County controlled moose hunt, which runs from Sept. 16-22.
The controlled moose hunt was initiated in order to reduce moose populations in areas where the animals are creating traffic hazards or damaging farm crops.
The five winners: Francis J. Dumas of Augusta, Robert E. Blais of Holden, Michael A. McArthur of Orrington, Darrell C. Grover of Orrington and Douglas B. Kulisich of Norridgewock.
The alternates: Larry E. Brooks of Mars Hill, Leonard D. Hanson of Crawford, Gilbert R. Rossignol of East Millinocket and Philip A. Smearer of Waldo.
In all, 148 disabled veterans applied for permits in the lottery.