Are you hiking the trail today and might be passing through Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, AKA: The home of the ATC (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)? Maybe you live close to the ATC or live in town. If you can say yes to any of those questions then you are in luck! Today 3-2-13 from 12-5pm at the The ATC’s Visitor Center located at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, there is a cake bake off in celebration of the Appalachian Trail's 88th birthday. After the judging is all done on the cakes the cake will be served to those in attendance. Last year this event attracted more than 100 participants, including hikers, thru hikers, local and some others that had some sort of interest in the area. Although the entrance of cakes is over, it was at noon, the second part of the event just started.
At 1 pm the judges will vote on the winners and right after that the best part! Free cake and the rewards will be given out. At 2 pm winners will be announced. Some of the rewards will be trail gear, that's pretty exciting when you take into count the cost usually associated with trail gear. If you have never visited the ATC, you should, as a hiker this is one of the places you just have to say you've visited. According to the ATC's website under media and news the schedule of this trail event is as follows:
12 – 1 p.m. - Visitors view cakes and vote for "most creative" cake.
1 – 5 p.m. - Cakes will be served for visitors to enjoy.
1 p.m. – Judges will vote on “best tasting” and “best A.T. design” cakes.
2 p.m. - Winners of each of the three categories will be announced and prizes awarded.
A little about the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, it was started in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials who were working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is part of the National Park System today and stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT is approximately 2,180 miles long and is one of the longest, continuously footpaths in the world that is marked with white blazes. According to the ATC, “Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.”