Greater Waynesboro PA Appalachian Trail Community

Mason-Dixon Appalachian Trail Outdoor Fest

June 8th
10am - 4pm

Red Run Park
12143 Buchanan Trail East
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 17268

Festival Highlights for 2024!

EIGHTH MASON-DIXON APPALACHIAN TRAIL OUTDOOR FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 8th, 2024 The Greater Waynesboro PA Area Appalachian Trail Community returns! Providing opportunities for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to learn more about the Trail in the Mason-Dixon area, and a variety of activities to enjoy, the public is welcome 10am - 4pm, at Red Run Park in Rouzerville, just west of where the Appalachian Trail crosses PA Rt. 16. (12143 Buchanan Trail East) Free! Rain or shine (unless severe weather impact day)

Red Run Park is a lovely, family-friendly, well-used community oasis, and future plans include additions to the playgrounds. We will be accepting donations for that goal to help Washington Township improve the equipment (look for marked canisters).

Buchanan Auto Stores, our title sponsor, will display models of their Jeep lineup.

Music by Mountain Air starts at 10, followed by the Trail Troubadours (Bruce Rowland and Mike Reyka) at 11:45, then the bluegrass band, Shade Tree Collective from 1-4.

Yoga in the Park with Simone of Flowering Heart Yoga – free half-hour sessions at 11:00 and 12:00 for all ages. Bring your yoga mat or rug if you have one.

Antietam Humane Society will bring adoptable pets to visit from 1-4!

Antietam Dairy ice cream and savory food by J&M BBQ and Bernard’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken will tempt your tastebuds! Brio's drinks, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches join us this year! Cracken' Catering brings a taste of Cajun delights from 1-4

The Native Niche returns to this year's Festival. Part of the proceeds goes directly to our Appalachian Trail Community donations. Rebecca Shubert's focus on native plants makes this a unique opportunity to add butterfly and hummingbird-friendly species to your garden. www.thenativeniche.com

Children will enjoy crafts, planting seeds, and many other activities. Red Run ExpressTrain rides from 10-1 and the Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue’s Fire Safety Train returns for a spin around the park! Stories and games with Peace 4 Peyton Water Safety Awareness is not to be missed! (Josh the Otter may make a visit!)

Make sand art with Specialty Granules, and learn more geology from Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club with Mike Mowen and Tom Smith, and choose a sample to take home. Isaac Littrell will exhibit his Rockhound’s Retreat offerings.

Returning this year are James Shoes, with their trail shoes (and socks!) offerings, and healthy food from Epicure.

You’ll find rock jewelry from Tina’s Tumbled Treasures, artful boxes at Mountain WoodWorks by Daryl, aromatics at Shepherd’s Haven, nature scenes on slate by Janet Young, children’s soft toys and bedtime stories at Cathy Fritz’s Nana’s Loops and Threads, and the United Methodist Men’s handmade wooden toys and games, (with demonstrations), all will be returning to the Festival.

New artisans and vendors this year include wearable art and graphic designs by Blood Rose Gettysburg, Blue Ridge Clothing Co., and the adventure destination Tree Trekkers MD

Invited artists are Seth Holmes Watercolors and Sheila Druist of Wildflower Whisper Studio.

Sunspot viewing with Tri-State Astronomers (weather permitting) and learning about binoculars and birds with Conococheague Audubon provide you with some outdoor fun. The Institute of Buttonwood Nature Center will be on hand with water quality information, including sampling for stream macroinvertebrates with its youth Water Striders group.

Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue Company will bring a fire truck and ambulance for you to see first-hand, and will be available for blood pressure screening and any needed first aid.

Penn State/Mont Alto will have information on their Forestry and Agriculture programs, and new Health careers. Enjoy the displays from Friends of Mont Alto State Park, Friends of the Battle of Monterey Pass, Friends of Michaux State Forest, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, the Appalachian Trail Museum, Pennsylvania Master Naturalists, Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, Antietam Watershed Association, South Mountain Partnership and Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

There will be opportunities for the general public to “Meet the Hikers” and learn of their trail experiences and hiking recommendations. Sheetz and Red Run Grill will supply our visiting hikers with donations of food and drink.

Trail group displays include: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Long-Distance Hikers Association, and Keystone Trails Association.

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. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and its North Chapter are the maintaining clubs for the A.T. from Shenandoah N.P. to Pine Grove Furnace.

For more information about the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and its community program click here

Forms

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 send forms to P.O. Box 306, Blue Ridge Summit PA 17214 or email to atfestival17268@gmail.com

The deadline for form submission is May 29th 2024

ATC Flyer 2024

festival-photo

Sponsors and Support

Sponsor: Buchanan Auto Parks

Festival Support:

  • Washington Township
  • Franklin County Visitor Bureau

Food

Antietam Dairy Ice Cream truck

Bernard’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken

J&M Bar-B-Q

Brio's Coffeehouse

Cracken' Catering

Trail Groups

Trail Groups

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC)

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)

Keystone Trails Association (KTA)

Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA)

Dan Morgan

Music 2024

Mountain Air 10:00-11:30

Trail Troubadours 11:45-12:45

Shade Tree Collective 1:00-4:00

Yoga

Yoga

Flowering Heart Yoga Sessions with Simone at 11 and 12

Children's Activities

Red Run Express Train rides from 10-1

Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue’s Fire Safety Train

Stories and games with Peace 4 Peyton Water Safety Awareness

Free rock samples from Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club

Other various crafts

Vendors

The Native Niche – native plants from Becky Shubert

Tina’s Tumbled Treasures by Tina Williams

Shepherd’s Haven aromatics by Angela Knapp

Mountain Woodworks by Daryl Despres

Handmade wooden toys and games by the United Methodist Men

Seth Holmes Watercolors

James Shoes

Wildflower Whispers Studio

Janet Young Slate Art

Epicure

Blood Rose Gettysburg Designs

Blue Ridge Clothing Co.

Tree Trekkers MD

Rockhound's Retreat

Cathy Fritz’s Nana’s Loops and Threads

Exhibitors

Peace 4 Peyton Water Safety Awareness

Conococheague Audubon

Penn State Mont Alto

Franklin County Rock and Mineral Club

The Appalachian Trail Museum

Friends of Mont Alto State Park

Friends of Michaux State Forest

Friends of the Battle of Monterey Pass

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

Pennsylvania Master Naturalists

Tri-State Astronomers

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy

Antietam Watershed Association

South Mountain Partnership

Antietam Humane Society

Rocks & Minerals

Buttonwood Nature Center

Monterey Pass Battlefield & Museum

Specialty Granules

Hiker Support

Hiker Support

Red Run Grill

Sheetz