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Yahoola Outdoors Announces Details of 7th Annual Dahlonega Trail Fest

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July 19, 2017
Yahoola Outdoors Announces Details of 7th Annual Dahlonega Trail Fest 

July 18, 2017

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) -- Dahlonega's Seventh Annual Trail Fest, an event that celebrates Dahlonega’s designation as an AT Trail Community and its connection with -- and proximity to -- the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, will be held September 8-10, 2017 on Dahlonega's Historic Public Square and in Hancock Park, just off the Square in downtown Dahlonega.

Trail Fest is a project of Yahoola Outdoors, and is presented by REI Co-op as a festival of and for outdoor enthusiasts revolving around all aspects of non-motorized recreation: hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, orienteering, and more! The festival features authors, speakers, workshops, music, food, vendors, and non-profit groups.
Major sponsors this year include REI Co-op, Troncalli Subaru, Troncalli Automotive Group, Jekyll Brewing Company, and Urban Tree Cidery.
Weekend activities include author and speakers including Gene Espy, the second person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, which he completed in 1951. Saturday evening will feature an outdoor film festival of adventure shorts, presented by REI. Music throughout the weekend will feature the Gopher Broke Band, Threadbare Skivvies, and local bluegrass talent.
Activities include an area on the square with a climbing wall and mountain bike pump track, plus paddleboard and kayak lessons on Lake Zwerner.
Camping, managed by REI, is available one mile from Dahlonega’s Historic (and award-winning) Public Square, on the banks of the Chestatee River.
Craft vendors will include local artists producing AT and outdoor recreation-related pottery, leatherwork, and jewelry. Non-profit and informational booths will cover information on all aspects of non-motorized recreation. Equipment vendors will provide the latest advice and merchandise for outdoor pursuits. Manufacturers reps will be available for information on their products.
Trail Fest will include a Beer, Cider, and Wine Garden serving Georgia grown and made wine, beer, and apple ciders.
Trail Fest will open on Friday, September 8 at 5 pm and feature a film on Friday night at the Beer, Cider, and Wine Garden. Saturday hours are 9 am-9 pm and will also include a film screening. Sunday hours are 10 am-4 pm.
The Appalachian Trail attracts more than three million hikers each year. Dahlonega is the closest town to the southern terminus of the AT at Springer Mountain, thus the slogan, “Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail.” Dahlonega provides hikers a staging area when starting or when finishing the trail and was designated as an Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in 2011.
For further information, call Tom Lamb, Trail Fest chairman, at 706-867-9742 or email tlamb3@windstream.net. Website: dahlonegatrailfest.org.
Tom Lamb, Yahoola Outdoors Chair


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