Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Local Merchants Host Community Jack-O-Lantern Contest

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (PressExposure) October 15, 2012 -- The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with local merchants, invites the public to participate in the Community Jack-O'-Lantern Contest held from October 26-27, 2012 at the ATC Visitor Center, located at 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV. This event is free and open to the public.

Local community members are encouraged to carve a pumpkin at home and bring it to the ATC Visitor Center on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. or on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. All entries must be submitted by noon the day of the event and have the participant's name and phone number written on the bottom of the pumpkin in order to be included in the contest.

Jack-o'-lanterns will be judged in the following age groups: 12 and under and 13 and up. Children 12 and under can choose to paint an image on their pumpkin, if preferred.

On Saturday, from 12:30p.m. - 4:00p.m., the public can vote for their top three favorite jack-o'-lanterns from each age group. Light refreshments will also be available. Winning submissions will be announced at 4:30p.m. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place from each age group. Contestants do not need to be present to accept their prize.

Jack-o-lantern entries will be on display later that evening in downtown Harpers Ferry from 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. on High Street. Light refreshments will also be available.

"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to be a part of this event, as it's a great opportunity for the local community members to come together and showcase their skills and talents," said Javier Folgar, marketing and communications manager for the ATC. "The event is going to be lots of fun and an excellent way to introduce people to the Appalachian Trail, as well as to the local merchants in downtown Harpers Ferry."


Community Jack-O'-Lantern Contest
Date: October 26-27, 2012
Location: ATC Visitor Center, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

October 26 (9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.)
October 27 (9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.)
Voting Period:
October 27 (12:30p.m. - 4:00p.m.)
Winners Announced:
October 27 (4:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.)

Jack-O'-Lantern Display
Date: October 27, 2012
Time: 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Location: High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

This event is sponsored by the ATC, the Vintage Lady, Westwind Potters, the Village Shop at Harpers Ferry, Tenfold Fair Trade Collection and Ridgefield Farm and Orchard.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 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

About Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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

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Press Release Submitted On: October 15, 2012 at 9:03 am
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