Appalachian Trail Conservancy Will Celebrate 89th Birthday with Cake Baking Contest

Date Published: Feb 07, 2014

Harpers Ferry, WV (February 7, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 89th birthday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This event, now in its fourth year, is free and open to the public.  

"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this event in celebration of our 89th birthday," said Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications of the ATC. "Not only will this celebration bring the local community together, but it will also raise awareness of the Appalachian Trail and the importance of having this vital resource for all to enjoy, right in our backyard." 

This year’s event theme is “Leave No Trace,” and participants are encouraged to become familiar with the seven principles that help Appalachian Trail (A.T.) visitors minimize impact to the environment and then incorporate at least one of those principles into a cake design. Leave No Trace (LNT) principles include planning ahead and preparing; traveling and camping on durable surfaces; disposing of waste properly; leaving what you find; minimizing campfire impacts; respecting wildlife; and being considerate of other visitors. For more information about LNT, visit

Submitted cakes will be judged based on three categories, which include Best Tasting, Most Creative, and People’s Choice. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges, and participants will vote for the People’s Choice category winner. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the first-place and second-place winners in each category.

Cakes will be on display from 11 a.m. to noon and will be served to the public from noon to 2 p.m. Following LNT-themed party games, judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the winners of the contest will be announced at 1 p.m.

To enter a cake in the contest, participants must email Anne Baker at [email protected] no later than Thursday, Feb. 27 with your first and last name, type of cake and cake dimensions, as well as any other relevant information such as possible allergens. After you email the ATC, you will receive information on cake drop-off times, directions, and other important event specifics.

Event Overview:
Cake Baking Contest for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 89th Birthday
Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: The ATC’s Visitor Center at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
To enter: Email Anne Baker at [email protected] by Thursday, Feb. 27 with your first and last name, type of cake, cake dimensions and any other relevant information such as possible allergens.

Event Schedule:
11 a.m. to noon: Visitors view cakes, participate in LNT-themed party games, and vote for the People’s Choice award winner
Noon to 2 p.m.: Cakes will be served for visitors to enjoy
1 p.m.: Winners will be announced and prizes awarded

For more information about the event, visit  

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC 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 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]

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