The Flip Flop Festival joins the communities of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar in celebrating their roles as an Appalachian Trail community.
At the third annual launch of this two-day event, festival goers can look forward to live entertainment, vendors from the surrounding communities, fun and educational activities for children (and adults!), a special Saturday evening speaker, A Flip Flop Thru-Hiker breakfast and send-off, and much more.
Odd Fellows Lodge Lawn, Fillmore Street
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Odd Fellows Lodge Lawn
10:00 - 11:30 The Hokums
12:00 - 1:30 Lisa & Friends
1:45 - 3:15 Bob Keel
3:30 - 5:00 Craggy Island
9:00 - 5:00
Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Audubon Society (Potomac Valley Chapter)
Birds of Prey Live Exhibit
Hiker Survey (Shenandoah University)
Katherine Shuler Pizza Rolls
Outfitter at Harpers Ferry
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
River Riders Rafting Guide
Sly Ultralight Outdoor Gear
Two Rivers Tread
Festival Food Vendors
Bisou Bistro (Sandwiches & Soups)
Games and Kids' Activities
Mather Lawn (across from Odd Fellows Lodge)
Kona Ice Truck (Shaved ice and other sweets)
Odd Fellows Lodge (Hamburgers and Hot Dogs)
Pack the Pack (featuring 10 essentials)
Guess the Weight
Name that State
Corn Hole Toss
English Ivy Crowns
History and Recreation Workshops
Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, upper floor
Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, lower floor
10:20 - 11:20 Hiking for Beginners (Max "Bearbag" Mishkin)
11:30 - 12:20 Long-distance Hiking on the A.T. (Jim "Sisu" Fetig)
2:00 - 2:50 Health & Safety (Heather "Brave" Sloan)
3:00 - 3:50 Trail Etiquette and Trail Magic
4:00 - 4:50 Flip Flopper Panel
Pack Shakedowns offered 9:00 a.m. - 12:00, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Curtis Freewill Baptist Church lawn
Biking the C&O and GAP Trails (Doug Riegner, Great Allegheny Passage)
Following the Path of the Underground Railroad (Brittany Leavitt, Outdoor Afro)
History of Storer College (Guinevere Roper, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park)
Introduction to Long Distance Biking (Chris Craig)
Leave No Trace (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)
Nature Therapy: Finding Peace in Wild
Rock Climbing (Chris Price)
An Unlikely Thru-Hiker:
Derick "Mr. Fabulous" Lugo
Light Horse Inn Barn, 1084 W. Washington St., Bolivar
Derick Lugo is a hiker, writer and blogger. Since completing his thru-hike in 2012 he has spoken at several venues about his passion for hiking the Appalachian Trail. He is currently on final edits of his book entitled ‘An Unlikely Thru-Hiker,' a humorous account of his unusual and life changing AT thru-hike. Derick resides in New York City, but his heart lives where the AT takes him. You can find Derick, his works and his future projects at Facebook @An Appalachian Journey / Instagram @dericklugo / Twitter @Derick_Lugo”
Derick recently starred in the myATstory video "Trail Brothers." Check it out below! For behind-the-scenes features, click here.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23
Pancake Breakfast (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 am)
Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church
654 Washington St, Harpers Ferry
Flip Flopper Send Off (9:00 a.m.)
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry
Workshops (11:00 - 3:00)
Curtis Freewill Baptist Church upstairs
Long-distance Hiking on the A.T. (Jim "Sisu" Fetig)
The A.T.14 State Challenge (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)
more workshops to be announced.
Pack Shakedowns will be offered 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
Guided African American History Hike (1:00 - 3:00)
Begins at Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
A Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ranger will lead a one-mile hike along the grounds of Storer College, one of the nation’s first institutions of higher learning open to all Americans. The hike will also follow the Appalachian Trail past Jefferson Rock, Civil War ruins, and John Brown's Fort. Participants will also learn about the Niagara Movement, considered to be the cornerstone of the modern civil rights era. The route includes numerous steep steps. The hike ends at the scenic location known as The Point in the lower town historic district. Registration is strongly encouraged; send email with AAHH Registration in the subject line to [email protected].
ASL interpreters available.
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What is a "Flip Flop Thru-Hike?"
A flip flop thru-hike is a new movement that helps spread out use on the Appalachian Trail, allowing more long-distance hikers to have an uncrowded experience. As thru-hiking the 2,190-mile trail end-to-end becomes ever more popular, more hikers are seeking alternative itineraries
to the conventional Georgia-to-Maine approach. Do these thru-hikers walk in flip-flops? No! They hike a portion of the Trail, and then "flip" to another location and sometimes change direction. This allows hikers to avoid not only crowded conditions, but extremes in weather while offering a longer window of time to complete the hike. Starting in Harpers Ferry (the psychological midpoint of the Appalachian Trail) also offers an incredibly scenic and historic setting to start the epic journey.
The Flip Flop Festival helps to raise awareness of this sustainable way of hiking the Appalachian Trail by offering free educational programs and fun activities that highlight Harpers Ferry as an exceptional destination for outdoor recreation, whether for a day-trip, a weekend, or a the start of a 2,000-mile journey.
Additional Special Offerings in Harpers Ferry April 22-23
A Day in the Park
. Kids of all ages can participate in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Junior Ranger activities. (April 22)
The Enemy Among Us: Defending Harpers Ferry During the War of 1812
. Living history 1812 military recruitment station offered by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Harper House, 1-4pm (April 22-23)
Historic Town Selfie Scavenger Hunt.
Connect history of the past with technology of today by figuring out the clues and finding the items. Then document with a "selfie" showing you and the list to win free food and prizes! (Check back for more details.)
Throughout the weekend, kids can pick up Appalachian National Scenic Trail junior ranger activity booklets at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and earn a badge.
More Info About Harpers Ferry
Learn about all the history, recreation, attractions, and amenities that Harpers Ferry has to offer by visiting www.historicharpersferry.org
and the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry Map
. The main event venue is adjacent to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Drive to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Volunteers or signs will direct you to parking.
Parking is also available at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
, 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. A shuttle bus runs frequently between the large lot at Cavalier Heights park visitor center and lower town historic Harpers Ferry, half a mile downhill from the main festival venue. Park entrance and parking fees are waived April 22-23, 2017 as part of National Park Week.
Thank you to the generous sponsors and supporters of the Festival:
- Town of Harpers Ferry
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
- Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Trail & Town Alliance
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Virginia Lodge No. 1
- Jefferson County
- Todd Coyle
- Rebecca Harriett
- Town of Bolivar
- Econo Lodge Harpers Ferry
- Chris Craig and Ed Wheeless
- Sarah Shaffer and Dan Jimeno
- Pamela Underhill
- Betsy Bainbridge and Steve Ramberg
- Sandra Marra and Chris Brunton
- Cathy and Bruce Wilkin