Mason-Dixon Appalachian Trail Outdoor Fest
Cancelled for 2020
Red Run Park
12143 Buchanan Trail East
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 17268
Looking to sign up as a vendor or set up a display? Fill out the appropriate form from the list below (to save to your computer right click the link and select "save target/link as" or long press on the link for mobile devices and control+click for Mac) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payments can be mailed to:AT Community
P.O. Box 325
Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214 Deadline of April 17 to be included in PR and posters.
Final Deadline - June 1
June 13th, 2020, the Greater Waynesboro PA Area Appalachian Trail Community offers a chance for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to learn more about the Trail in the Mason-Dixon area, and to enjoy a variety of activities. Free admission, the public is welcome 10am - 4pm, rain or shine, at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, just west of where the Appalachian Trail crosses PA Rt. 16. (12143 Buchanan Trail East)
Our title sponsor Buchanan Auto Stores has some outdoor adventure vehicles to display.
Our special feature this year is Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture’s WoodMobile. See more info here!
Listen to live music by local artists at the pavilion. Artists and times to be announced!
Festival Highlights from Last Year (2019)!
New vendors last year were Mountain Woodworks by Daryl, Bruce’s Bluebird Boxes, Reneé’s Originals, and The Cosmic Rhythm. “Viking” from Erie returns with his Between the Blazes (A.T. collectibles) and Steve and Kathy Burdette Art offered a wide variety of local scenes to choose from. South Mountain Supply Company and Peace by Piece had very unique and interesting items.
Displays from Friends of Mont Alto State Park, Friends of the Battle of Monterey Pass, Friends of Michaux State Forest, Penn State Mont Alto, the Appalachian Trail Museum, Pennsylvania Master Naturalists, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, Conococheague Audubon, Antietam Watershed Association, Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Education and Franklin County Visitors Bureau.
Check out the gallery for the Second Appalachian Trail Photo Contest images!
This Festival is an outgrowth of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s community outreach program. The Greater Waynesboro PA Area was designated an official ATC Community in April 2014. We’d like to thank our Community Supporters: Red Run Grill, Synergy Massage and Wellness Center, South Mountain Hotel, Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, and Burgundy Lane B&B.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and its North Chapter continue to maintain clubs for the A.T. from Shenandoah N.P. to Pine Grove Furnace.
Live music played all day starting at 11 with Guitar Masters, Bruce Rowland and Tom McFarland, followed by Dominik Wiesniewski at 12, Laura Mae at 1:15, and the country/rock band Hometown Strangers closing out the day starting at 3.
Antietam Dairy ice cream, Bernard’s Jamaican jerk chicken and J&M BBQ savory food were offered, as well as Old Country Kettle Korn.
More food vendors are listed below!
Hiking information from Keystone Trails Association, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and ALDHA (Appalachian Long-Distance Hikers Association) were on site. Visitors to the area, including long-distance hikers, can take advantage of our warm hospitality, with hiker shuttles to resupply as well as to Ft. Richie Community Center and the YMCA for showers.
New for 2019 was a live beehive in an educational display trailer (Franklin County Beekeeper, Kevin Lesher), and Rotz Compost for organic soil enrichment.
Summer Health and Wellness
Visitors learned about outdoor summer safety and physical activity ideas from Summit Health/Wellspan Community Services and tick prevention/Lyme disease awareness from Deerbusters Deer Fence as well as from the Chambersburg Lyme Alliance; taking advantage of free blood pressure screenings by Blue Ridge Summit Fire and Rescue. Their all-terrain rescue vehicle was on display, with donations collected for new medic kits. These volunteers can provide first aid care if needed and will offer rides on their Fire Safety Train.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park shared program materials, including the B.A.R.K. Ranger program, and shared a craft using invasive species. Catoctin Mountain National Park volunteers were be on hand with their program materials.
Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club were on hand, as well as Tom Smith’s Minerals, Fossils and Rocks. SGI – Specialty Granules Inc. had samples from their local quarry to show.
The Native Niche
The Native Niche returns to 2019's Festival. Rebecca Shubert's focus on native plants made this a unique opportunity to add butterfly and hummingbird-friendly species to your garden. The featured plant for June 8th was ‘Blue Ridge’ cultivar of the broadleaf creeping phlox, Phlox stolonifera. Part of the proceeds went directly to our Appalachian Trail Community donations. https://www.thenativeniche.com
Broadleaf creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is native to the eastern US, naturally growing in open, rich woodlands and rocky lightly shaded slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. It gradually spreads to form a semi-evergreen groundcover, blooming in late spring to early summer. The fragrant blooms are attractive to native pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds. The selection 'Blue Ridge' has slightly larger blooms, a shade of soft blue-violet.
Wonders of Wildlife
The Eyler family had “Wonders of Wildlife” to share, including hides/pelts as well as living creatures.
Yoga in the Park
Yoga in the Park with Simone of Flowering Heart Yoga – free half-hour sessions at 11:30 and 12:00 for all ages. Bring your yoga mat or rug if you have one.
Children’s activities included making bubbles with the Bubble Master, making pinecone bird feeders, planting flowers, etc. Train rides from 1-4 on the Red Run Express. Stories and games with Peace 4 Peyton Water Safety Awareness was not to be missed! Crumbsnatcher the Shelter Mouse may have made an appearance, hopefully you didn't forget your cameras!
The Tri-State Astronomers returned with their telescopes for sunspot viewing.
Eagle Aquatics Kayaking
Kayaking with Mr. Mike of Eagle Aquatics was scheduled for some water fun!
Meet the Hikers
There were many opportunities for the general public to “Meet the Hikers” and learn of their trail experiences and hiking recommendations. Sheetz and Red Run Grill supplied our visiting hikers with donations of food and drink.