The Town of Round Hill’s inaugural Appalachian Trail Festival will be held Saturday, June 15 at B Chord Brewing.
The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a recognition of the town’s recently issued AT Community designation by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Chairwoman Sandra Marra. Following the dedication will be talks centered on different aspects of the trail—including Leave No Trace, Tales of the Trail, Day Hiking 101, Health & Wellness on the Trail, Backpacking Lite and Secret Life of Insects.
Music will begin at noon with a performance by the Gina Furtado Project, followed by Justin Trawick & The Common Good at 1:45 p.m. and the Short Hill Mountain Boys at 3:30 p.m. Two jam sessions at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. will be open for the area residents to join in.
Activities throughout the day will include Yoga for Hiking with Ashley Miller, a Forever Yoga Edibles Hike with Kathryn Herndon-Powell of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a silent auction and raffle and corn hole. For kids, there will be face painting, AT bingo, a scavenger hunt and rock painting.
Food vendors will include Hog-It-Up BBQ, Main Streatery, Wood-Fired Foods and Frozen Stuff on a Stick. Guests can also peruse merchandise sold by vendors like Mountain Trails, PERIL, Inner Sister Silver, My Buddy’s Nuts, Jill Jensen Art, Altered Elements, the Round Hill Soap Co. and Chestnut’s Beeswax Wrap.
For those hiking through the area during the event, there will be shuttles from the trail to the brewery, camping, laundry and showers, WiFi, a charging station and other accommodations.
Capping off the festival off will be a 5:30 p.m. screening of “Barbarian Utopia: Encounters on the Appalachian Trail”—a documentary by Thaddeus Lamar that details his experience interacting with more than 100 hikers along the AT during his post-college hike.Learn more about the documentary at facebook.com/appalachiantraildocumentary.
For more festival details, go to roundhillat.org.