BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. (April 7, 2017) – Come celebrate the designation of Blairstown as an official Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ during a city-wide ceremony on April 22. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. and will feature remarks from local and regional leaders. The ceremony will be followed by a street fair with local businesses in attendance as well as live music, food, vendors and walking tours. Admission to the ceremony and street fair is free and everyone is invited to come join the fun!
“Formal designation as an Appalachian Trail Community™ not only means that the Greater Blairstown Area will be highlighted online, in guidebooks and on hiking maps, but it will also help us communicate to visitors that we are both trail friendly and hiker friendly,” explained Jeanette Lurato, vice president of the Greater Blairstown Business Association. “Whether visitors are looking for a hot cup of coffee early in the morning before hitting the trail or a hearty meal or local craft beer after a long day’s hike, they’ll know they’re always welcome at our Blairstown Area businesses.”
The Blairstown community invites hikers and visitors to take advantage
of the area's hospitality and beauty when adventuring on the Appalachian Trail.
The A.T. Community™ program recognizes towns and cities that help promote and protect the A.T. The designation ceremony will help Blairstown engage community members, trail visitors and stewards, as well as aid sustainable economic development in the town itself. Blairstown is proud to be the first A.T. Community™ in New Jersey.
Designation Ceremony and Street Fair Overview:
Date/Time: April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: 2 Park St., Blairstown, NJ
Designation Ceremony: 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Live Music: Noon-4:30 p.m.
BHPC Walking Tour: Noon
For more information about the designation ceremony and street fair and a full schedule of events, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org/BATC-ATC.
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 System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 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 www.appalachiantrail.org.
Media Contact: Julie Judkins
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
160 Zillicoa St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Email: [email protected]