Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center to Host Ice Cream Social

Date Published: Aug 05, 2011

Harpers Ferry, WV (August 05, 2011) – On August 14th, 2011 at 2 p.m., the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) Visitor Center, located in Harpers Ferry, WV, will host an ice cream social open to the public, to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Appalachian Trail’s completion.  Visitors and hikers will have a chance to visit the ATC headquarters while cooling off with some free vanilla ice cream, generously donated by Skippers Downtown Dips of Charles Town, West Virginia.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to offer this event to visitors and hikers, giving them a break from the hot weather and a chance to interact with other Appalachian Trail enthusiasts,” stated Laurie Potteiger, Information Services Manager at the ATC.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in the “half-pint challenge,” a modified version of the “half-gallon challenge.”  The half-gallon challenge is a tradition in which hikers attempting to hike the entire 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) eat a half-gallon of ice cream upon reaching the mid-way point.

Those who successfully complete the “half-pint challenge” will be given a temporary A.T. tattoo. Ice cream will be available as long as supplies last, so come promptly at 2:00p.m.!

Event: Ice Cream Social
Date: August 14, 2011
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: The ATC Visitor’s Center at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV

For more information about this event, contact Dave Tarasevich at 304.535.6331 x129 or via email at [email protected].  To view a complete list of the ATC’s events visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit  


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  1. Kairi | Sep 08, 2011
    This article achieved eaxtcly what I wanted it to achieve.
  2. Martin Hunley | Sep 06, 2011 As you can see in this article, we are beginning to get some media attention.  Next week we have placed an ad that should run in Knoxville's Metro Pulse Magazine.  Please keep the pressure on these bureaucrats and help us by commenting on the article on the KNS website.  Congressman Duncan's office received the article so I know they will be, like most politicians, looking to gauge the public's response before issuing a position.  We've got some steam, lets keep the ball rolling!   You can also check out the website of our new coalition organized from Highlander ranks here. The money for the newspaper ad was donated by Southernhighlanders, all we are asking you to do is keep the issue alive and turn up the pressure on Washington.  This is a backcountry tax and the government is double dipping at our trough.  If you haven't called Duncan's office yet, the numbers for all our representatives are on the Southern Forest Watch website. Thanks for your assistance, John
  3. Luella | Aug 17, 2011
    Cheers pal. I do appreciate the wrtiing.

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