On Saturday, Aug. 30 the 3rd Annual Trail Town Festival will be celebrated in Rangeley.  Rangeley was designated an official Appalachian Trail Community to act as a catalyst for enhancing economic development and recognizing communities who are taking steps to ensure the ongoing protection of their natural, cultural and recreational resources, including the Appalachian Trail.  Rangeley is one of only 26 communities along the 2,180 mile trail that extends fromGeorgiatoMt.Katahdinto receive the designation.

The Trail Town Festival will feature several organizations that are outdoor oriented and in the business of protecting and maintaining trails, educating people about safe and healthy outdoor activities and building and demonstrating outdoor gear.  The list includes: Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Trails for the Rangeley Area Coalition, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, High Peaks Alliance, Rangeley Health and Wellness, Maine Appalachian Land Trust, Ecopelagicon, Alpine Shop and SnowSource.

The really fun stuff includes games and contests.  This year we have a special showing of the L.L. Bean Bootmobile. How fast can you eat a pint of  “Katahdin Krunch”?  Sponsored by Maine’s own Gifford’s Ice Cream, this was the favorite event last year.  Try the boot toss.  How much do you know about the AT?   Take part in our trivia game.  Yes there are prizes.  The day will finish up with a bonfire, bbq and music by Mason Strunk.

All festivities will take place atHaleyPondParkonPond Streetin downtown Rangeley.  The festival opens at 10:00 am.  Demonstrations throughout the day at exhibitor sites; Games & Activities all day; Ice Cream Eating Contest at 3:00; exhibits close at 4:00.  HikerReunion, BBQ, Bonfire, Marshmallow Roast and Music with local favorite Mason Strunk starting at 5:00.  For more information see: www.rangeleytrailtown.com