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Appalachian Trail Conservancy to Host Ice Cream Social

Washington, DC, August 10, 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 74 years ago. 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 2:00.

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 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

Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667

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