Trail Town Festival celebrates AT hikers, Rangeley

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RANGELEY — Rangeley will celebrate its fourth annual Trail Town Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Haley Pond Park on Pond Street in Rangeley.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy named Rangeley an official “Appalachian Trail Community” to encourage additional economic development and to recognize Rangeley as a community that actively protects all of its natural, cultural and recreational resources, including the Appalachian Trail. Rangeley is one of only 35 towns along the 2,180 mile trail that extends from Georgia to Mt. Katahdin to be awarded this Trail Community designation.

The Trail Town Festival will feature outdoor-oriented organizations that protect and maintain trails, educate about safe and healthy outdoor activities, and build and demonstrate outdoor gear.

Free games, contests, prizes and fun activities for people of all ages will take place throughout the day. Participants can play the Appalachian Trail trivia game: “Just where is Piazza Rock on the Trail?” Or take part in the boot toss.

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Musicians Erica Brown and Matt Shipman of Portland will play from 1 to 3 p.m.

Main Street Museum of the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society will be open with exhibits just across the street.

Visitors can thry their luck in the Ice Cream Eating Contest, the favorite event of the Festival. How fast can a hiker eat a pint of “Muddy Boots”? The Ice Cream Eating Contest at 3 p.m. will bring the day to a riotous finish.

Artists’ and crafters’ work will highlightoutdoor activities, selling items like hiker soap and trail jewelry.

Food will be available at the festival site, and many Rangeley restaurants within walking distance will be open, too.

Later in the evening, the Farmhouse Inn, on Route 4, just east of Rangeley, will host the Hiker Reunion, campfire, and marshmallow roast.

FMI: 207-864-2771, https://www.facebook.com/rangeleytrailtown?fref=ts, http://rangeleytrailtown.com.

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