Calling All Bakers and Cake Lovers: Appalachian Trail Conservancy Holds Cake Baking Contest for 87th Birthday

Date Published: Feb 17, 2012

Harpers Ferry, WV (February 17, 2011) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will hold a cake-baking contest to celebrate its 87th anniversary on Saturday, March 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at ATC’s Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, WV. This event is free and open to the public.  

Contestants will bake their favorite type of cake and give it an Appalachian Trail (A.T.) theme. People can register for this contest by sending an email to[email protected] with their name, whether or not they are under 18, and type of cake they plan tomake no later than Friday, March 2nd at 3:00 pm. Cake submissions must be dropped off at the ATC’s Visitor Center between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd.

Judging will begin at 1:00 p.m. Judges include; Ed Wheeless, co-owner of Laurel Lodge B&B in Harpers Ferry and trained in pastry arts at L’Academie de Cuisine, Warren J. Eng, culinologist & Senior Sales Associate at Sur La Table in Pentagon City, and Gary “Babu Simba” Hill, 2008 thru-hiker and winner of last year’s cake baking contest.

Prizes will be given to the winners of three categories: best tasting, best A.T.- related design, and best junior entry (under 18).

The ATC was founded on March 3rd, 1925 to oversee the building of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Since then, with the help of legions of volunteers and many federal and state partners, the ATC has helped the A.T. grow from little more than a bold concept to a 2,000-mile, protected footpath that has become the world’s most famous hiking trail.  

Event:  Cake Baking Contest for ATC’s 87th Anniversary
Date: Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Location: The ATC’s Visitor Center at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: All cakes must be submitted to the ATC’s Visitor Center
  • 1:00 p.m.: Judging will begin
  • 1:30 p.m.: Winners of each category will be announced
  • 1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Cakes will be served to visitors

Contact: If you are interested in entering a cake in the contest, please contact ClaireHobbs at [email protected] or by calling (304) 535-2200 ext. 134 to provide your name, whether or not you are under 18, and type ofcake no later than Friday, March 2nd at 3:00 p.m.

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

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 ext. 117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]

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