Fall colors bring out tourists
Apples, pumpkins and scarecrows are all synonymous with the fall season in the North Country. It also means tourists to the area are coming to check out the fall foliage. YNN's Brooke Selby looks at the impact the leaves have on our area.
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NORTH COUNTRY, N.Y. -- Vibrant reds, oranges and yellows make up a rainbow of fall foliage that can be seen throughout the North Country this time of year
“It's just beautiful, you know, the air is crisp, the air is cold and now it's time to go pumpkin patch or pick apples or go on a hay ride and you think, okay, we are moving to the next season," said Amy Collins, Director of Tourism and Business Development in the City of Glens Falls.
While these leaves may look like something out of an oil painting, they are one of the driving financial forces in this neck of the woods
"First of all, it impacted the area so much that Governor Cuomo and his special friend, Sandra Lee, took a trip up on his Corvette on Saturday and spent about an hour touring the balloon festival site with Mayor Diamond," said Ed Bartholomew, Director of Economic Development for the City of Glens Falls.
With such a dry summer, much of the area's landscape trees suffered dearly and many local officials are worried it could put a damper on the economy if the leaves stay green.
“The foliage colors could last until November because it varies with the tree species,” said Charles Schmidt, a landscape specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension. “Some of them will drop early, some of them will drop later and if we have cool nights and we don't get any warm spells, the leaves will hold on a bit longer."
But horticulturists say not to worry, we are still on target for peak performance
"As far as the fall color goes, a lot of that is determined in the next few weeks, we are starting to get the cooler temperatures, the shortened daylight and fortunately, we're also getting the rain and that rain at this time of year is going to be critical for that foliage development, so I'm optimistic that it's going to be a really nice fall," Schmidt said.
According to the fall color report issued by New York State on Wednesday, visitors can expect leaves to be close to their full viewing potential by the upcoming weekend.
As the saying goes, rain makes the grass grow greener and apparently, the leaves, along with the tourists, seem brighter.