Group celebrating AT anniversary

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail with a summer games competition from 5-9 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Highland Brewing Company in Asheville.

Participants will compete for a variety of outdoor gear prizes by playing classic activities like a water balloon toss, watermelon seed spitting contest and a cupcake walk.

The event will also feature Jay Leutze, noted national conservation spokesperson and author, who will read from his new book, Stand Up That Mountain. Musicians are welcome to come and perform during the competition. The Highland Brewing Company will also feature beer specials throughout the event.

“Not only does this anniversary celebrate the completion of the Trail, it also celebrates the unique collaboration and determination of countless individuals, private organizations, and state and federal agencies in their efforts to complete this long-distance hiking trail from Maine to Georgia” said Mark Wenger, Executive Director and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

The A.T. was completed on Aug. 14, 1937. This task took more than 15 years to complete and involved thousands of volunteers, agency partners, local Trail maintaining clubs and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The A.T. is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

It has been estimated that 2 to 3 million people visit the Trail every year, and about 1,800–2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the Trail.

Prizes for the competition have been donated by Mountain Khaki, Gregory, and ENO.

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