Abingdon, VA's Appalachian Trail Celebration

The Town of Abingdon, Virginia -- along with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club -- wants you to attend a party they're throwing on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 to celebrate the town's designation as an Appalachian Trail Community.

This free event is scheduled to run from 4-7 PM.

Presentations include:

o "Hikers and Bikers" at 4:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle

o Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the ATC, will talk about his 8-year AT section-hike

o Lawrence Dye, Virginia Creeper Trail ambassador, will also speak about his bicycling experiences along the VA Creeper Trail

The designation ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM at the Abingdon Farmers Market with messages from town leaders; Mark Wenger, executive director/CEO of the ATC; Laura Bellville, director of conservation of the ATC; and, Beth Merz, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Ranger.

Following the program, attendees are invited to the Market Pavilion for local produce, light refreshments and live music.

Appalachian Trail Communities are selected because of their allegiance to the Appalachian Trail and those who hike it.

The ATC's website says the Appalachian Trail Community program has these goals:

  • Engage community citizens, trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the trail as a resource and asset

We're grateful for all the fine folks in Abingdon, VA, who preserve the AT for future generations.

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