Way back in 2012, Rangeley, Maine, was honored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy by being named an official Appalachian Trail Community.
Fewer than 40 spots from Georgia to Maine have earned their place in Trail history because of their care for the Trail and those who hike it.
The lovely and talented Suzannah and I were there for the festivities and we had a blast.
The region around Rangeley gives everyone a thousand reasons to love Maine.
You are invited to join in the fun at the 4th Annual Trail Town Festival in Rangeley, Maine (not my beloved neighbors), on Saturday, September 5, 2015.
Rangeley, Maine (the town) has buckets of trails, in addition to the Appalachian Trail, for mountain biking, skiing, hiking, all-terrain vehicles and something they call "snowmobiling" in and around glorious hills, mountains, lakes and ponds nearby.
The Trail Town Festival begins around 10 AM with food, games, food and fun at Haley Pond Park. Live music starts at 1:00 PM.
If you stay long enough, you might even witness the appearance of real, live Appalachian Trail thru-hikers!
How will festival organizers in Rangeley, Maine (the village, not the cutest Little boys ever), lure hikers from the wilderness?
Simple! The free Ice Cream Eating Contest at 3 PM. AT hikers eat for free, rookies can join the fun for two bucks.
The party in the park wraps up around 4 PM.
The Farmhouse Inn & Hostel is the place to go afterward for a dandy bonfire, marshmallows and a hiker reunion.
There are several sensational restaurants in town too. Suzannah's Trail Name should be "I'll have another lobster roll, please!" in honor of our visit there.
Thankfully, we had to attend the Ice Cream Eating Contest; otherwise, we would spent our gas money on her favorite food.
We do hope you'll visit Rangeley, Maine for the Trail Town Festival.
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