2015 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival

Duncannon is one of the few official Appalachian Trail Communities and we are eager to share the pride and enthusiasm of being part of a national treasure.  Join us for a family-friendly festival while learning about the Appalachian Trail and other outdoor opportunities in Central PA.Duncannon AT Community Event 2012

We will celebrate our next annual Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival on Saturday, June 20th, 2015.  There will be hikes and outdoor activities in the morning and from noon to 4PM there will be entertainment, exhibits, presentations and vendors near the town square on High Street between Cumberland and Ann streets.

AttractionsHike Info • Live MusicRaffle Prizes • Parking & DirectionsVendor ListCrafts for KidsFestival FriendsJoin the FunMission Statement

Coming Attractions:Festival Attractions

  • Admission and all presentations are FREE!
  • Smokey the Bear will be there to raise fire prevention awareness.
  • Live Musical Entertainment throughout the day.
  • Live Raptor Presentation (birds of prey)
  • Over $300 of Raffle Prizes donated by vendors.
  • One Free Raffle Ticket for every attendee! (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Hiking and Outdoor Clubs.
  • Food vendors.
  • Arts and Crafts vendors.
  • Craft Activities for Kids
  • BBQ Chicken served by the Duncannon Fire Company

Duncannon Fire Company BBQ Chicken

Take a Hike!Hike Trails of Duncannon

Some of the hiking clubs at the festival will be leading their own hikes in the morning and they encourage the public to join them for a fun time hiking the Duncannon area trails. Some hikes are easy while others are more challenging so be sure to find a hike to match your abilities.

  • PA Game Commission LogoEasy8:00 to 11:30Haldeman Island: In cooperation with the PA Game Commission, this is a leisurely 2.5 mile hike touring the abundant wildlife of Haldeman Island. Located near the confluence of the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, access to Haldeman Island is usually restricted to provide sanctuary for a wide variety of native Pennsylvania birds, including the iconic Bald Eagle. Sign up early for this rare chance to enjoy an excellent hike lead by the extremely knowledgeable and informative retired PA Game Commission Land Management Group Supervisor, Scott Bills. This hike is limited to 25 people. Please contact DATC (haldeman-hike@duncannonatc.org) to register. Parking SymbolWhere to park.
  • Duncannon Outdoor Club LogoSuper Easy 9:00 to 10:30Scavenger Hunt at Cornerstone Christian Church Trails – Sponsored by the Duncannon Outdoor Club. This is a slower paced 1.14 mile easy-terrain hike through woods and fields on mostly wide paths. It is a hike for the whole family, especially young children ages 5 and up. Try and find as many things as you can to check off your scavenger list. Meet at the Cornerstone Christian Church Duncannon at 9:00 am. Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register. Parking SymbolWhere to park.
  • SATC-LogoChallenging10:00 to 12:15 Peters Mountain to Clarks Ferry Shelter – Sponsored by the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, this is a moderately paced 4.3 mile hike with a semi-strenuous 900 foot climb up the end of Peters Mountain. We’ll meet at the Park-n-Ride lot near the Clarks Ferry Bridge on Rt. 147, head up the Appalachian Trail to the Clarks Ferry Shelter for a nice break, go back down the mountain on the blue-blazed Susquehanna Trail and then head back to our cars. As we hike this trail we’ll stop to take in picturesque views of Duncannon, the valley surrounding Dauphin, and the Juniata and Susquehanna river junction. You must contact the hike leader (kbalaban@duncannonatc.org) to register for this hike. Parking SymbolWhere to park.
  • Day Hikersa of Central PA - Meetup LogoDifficult 7:30 to 1:00Hawk Rock & Duncannon Tower Loop – Sponsored by the Day Hikers of Central PA, this is a brisk paced 11 mile hike over strenuous terrain with a 700 foot climb in the first mile. We will start and finish the hike at Tubby’s Nightclub and hike on the AT to Hawk Rock. Then we will go down a steep descent and visit the ruins of a lumber mill in the Duncannon Watershed that features a magnificent 50-foot high stone and brick tower (“The Stack”) that is still standing. Hiking poles will be helpful. You must contact the hike leader (dennis-hike@duncannonatc.org) at least two days before this hike to register. Parking SymbolWhere to park.

Live Music


There will be live entertainment featured throughout the day.  Stop by the main stage and enjoy:

  • 12:00 Roger Hammer Photo Roger Hammer is a singer-songwriter with a passion for our natural environment. Many of his songs reflect outdoor themes, while appealing to people of all ages and walks of life. He appears frequently with the Susquehanna Folk Music Society, the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania, and has played guitar and bass in a variety of bands. He brings his brand of hand crafted folk-rock to PA following years of playing in over a half dozen Midwestern states. His recent CD of original songs was mastered right around the corner in Mechanicsburg.
  • 12:45 Mycenea Worley PhotoMycenea Worley has performed hundreds of solo shows from small bars to festival stages, and her approachable style and passionate delivery have earned her a loyal fan base. She’s garnered the respect of peers and fans alike, earning the title of “Best Female Vocalist” a record three times at The 717 Music Awards! She’s graced the cover of PA Musician Magazine and been featured in various publications, college and mainstream radio shows, and even a few TV interviews.
  • raptor-owl1:30 The Shaver’s Creek Traveling Naturalist program takes their resident birds of prey to community events, and organizations for educational presentations around Pennsylvania. Learn about the natural history and case history of four of their live, non-releasable raptors, as well as the challenges facing eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls in the wild. The current roster of resident raptors includes Bald Eagles, a Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Barn Owls, an American Kestrel, a Turkey Vulture, a Red-Tailed Hawk, and more.
  • 2:00 Brian McPherson PhotoBrian McPherson is an avid hiker, trail troubadour, and promoter of the Appalachian Trail. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, finishing his 10-yr section hike in 2011. When he hikes he carries his Washburn Rover backpack guitar with him and entertains fellow hikers at AT shelters and hiker hostels with his original songs, a collection of folk tunes he has written about his hiking experiences. He is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, and the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community.
  • 2:45 CrossRoads PhotoCrossCountry, the “Makes You Feel Good Music” group was the result of a chance meeting of long-time Pennsylvania musicians Dave Snyder, Carl Weidenhof, and music newbie (with the voice of an angel) Rebecca Lewis. The harmonies emitted that day and throughout the next year formed the beginning of CrossCountry. They quickly gathered a substantial following whenever they performed. Be sure to check out this local Duncannon band.
  • Raffle-Tickets3:30 Raffle tickets will be sold for 1$ throughout the day of the festival and you can get one free ticket (children must be accompanied by an adult) just by stopping by the DATC booth and getting your “Appalachian Trail” hand-stamp. Every ticket offers a chance to win one of these great prizes so be sure to stay until 3:30 when we start drawing tickets for over $300 worth of prizes. You have to be there for a chance to win big!

There’s always something happening on the stage throughout the day. Whether it’s great family-oriented tunes, live birds of prey, or the allure of free prizes; the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Festival will lift your spirit with its lively festive atmosphere; don’t miss out on the fun.

Raffle Prizes!Free Raffle Ticket

Everyone will be given a free ticket just for showing up at the DATC booth on High Street and getting their hand stamped (children must be accompanied by an adult).  The DATC will also be selling raffle tickets to help support the Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community so be sure to increase your odds of winning by purchasing extra tickets for $1.00 each.

Check Out These Great Prizes:

Appalachian Brewing Co. ABC trail pack, contains: 1 growler, 4 pint glasses, and a gift card to fill the growler with your favorite ABC soda.
Appalacian Primitives Drop-Leaf Barn-Oak Side/Lamp Table with Teak Oil Finish
Backlb A camo carry bag
Bee’s Creations Hanging kitchen towel
Colleen Heim – Seedware Design Pair of peach seed earrings
Country Yoyo’s Burlap item or yoyo place mats, Doily.
Crafty Nana A colorful birdhouse.
Crissy`s Homemade Crafts A Renuzit Bunny
CruiseOne – J C Smith Travel Mildred Seeley “Antique Doll Collection” Limited Edition Plate
Cups for Kings and Queens Glazed wheel-thrown goblet
Dairy Air Soap and Country Candles Goat Milk Soap Candle
Designs By Debbie Good A necklace and matching earring set
Driftwood Creations Hand-carved cedar hiking stick
Grooming by Heather Harris @ Wee Wee Walkers, Duncannon A gift certificate for a full dog grooming OR a basket of dog related items
Harrisburg Area Lyme Disease Support Group Two 4-oz, bottles of Cedar Oil, an all natural tick repellent
JCoolbags One of our coolerbags ($20 value).
Jewelry Designs By Helen Ritter Jewelry Set
John Whitney (from Gallery@Second) Beautiful painting of local nature scene
K & K Kreations Cup and saucer, bird feeder on a pole
Lofty Creations A set of hand-painted wine glasses
Made by Meli Clo Handmade nursing cover or baby blanket
Members 1st Federal Credit Union Gift basket.
Moonbeam Meadow Fairies & Paper Pretties by Tina A Flower Fairy or Angel
Mutzabaugh’s Market $50 in Mutzy Money
Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art Framed miniature print of a Ned Smith art piece.
New York Life Mutzie Money
Nightwisp Designs A hand wrapped agate pendant with a retail value of $19
Noaker’s Auto Body and Sales, LLC Free car detailing
Notes with Nature in Mind Box of notecards
Oodlesofbows Hair bow gift basket
Paul Gilbert Hand turned bowl
Perry Heritage Latest book “Historic Views of Perry County” Volume 1
Phoenix Pottery Studio  Phoenix Pottery mug
Phil’s Concessions 2 Cases of bottled water.
Prims ‘n Things Handmade lathe mirror with vinyl decal ($19.99 value).
Quilts & Crafts by the Queen Bee Single Strand Magnetic Bracelet with Semi Precious Stone Beads.
Road Hawg BBQ Gift Certificate for Road Hawg BBQ
Rockwood Soy Co. A gift basket
Sara’s Sew Creative Zipper pouch and key chain set
Sawmill Creek Body Co. A basket with candles and body care products
Sea Glass Jewelry Sea Glass Necklace
Sisterdogs – Hot Dog Cart Sisterdogs T-shirt
SLG Crafts Sun catcher
Susquehanna AT Club Joint one year membership to SATC
Tande Farmers Market Canvas, child-size produce bag with 3 felt vegetables.
Tastefully Simple and Noah’s Ark Cake mix
The Paisley Patch Wreath
Thunder Ridge Kettle Corn Two gift certificates for free large bags of Kettle Corn
Trippy T’s LLC A Trippy T’s tie dye shirt.
Uglie Acres Basket of assorted jams
Wildfire Pottery A piece of pottery

Parking and DirectionsParking

On the day of the festival, you can park along the streets where it is permitted or you can park in one of the lots shown on the map below.

  • God’s Missionary Church Lot
  • Old Sled Works South Lot
  • Clark’s Ferry Commuter Lot (2 mile scenic hike to festival)
  • American Legion Back Lot (walk 330 yards to festival)
  • (AFTER 1PM) Blue Ridge Communications Lot

Festival Vendors 
#1 Sisterdogs - Hot Dog Vendor #2 Appalachian Brewing Company
#3 Road Hawg BBQ #4 Thunder Ridge Kettle Corn
#5 Trippy T's LLC #6 Appalachian Trail Conservancy
#7 Prims and Things #8 The Potato Coop
#9 New York Life #10 Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club
#11 Duncannon Outdoor Club #12 Tastefully Simple
#13 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community #14 Noah's Ark
#15 RAFFLE PRIZES!!! #16 Appalacian Primitives
#17 Driftwood Creations #18 Crafty Nana
#19 Phil's Rib-eye Steak & Fries #20 Country Yoyo's
#21 Wildfire Pottery #22 Oodlesofbows
#23 Hbg. Area Lyme Disease Support Group #24 Crissy's Homemade Crafts
#25 Designs By Debbie Good #26 This is Duncannon
#27 Steph and Ang's Creations #28 Perry Heritage
#29 Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania #30 Mountain Club of Maryland
#31 Made by Meli Clo #32 Cramer's Creations
#33 JCoolbags #34 Lofty Creations
#35 Notes with Nature in Mind #36 Bee's Creations
#37 Wild 'N' Wonderful Whitetails #38 Rockwood Soy Co.
#39 Moonbeam Meadow Fairies & Paper Pretties #40 Horse-shoe Trail Conservancy
#41 Quilts & Crafts by the Queen Bee #42 Nightwisp Designs
#43 Uglie Acres #44 Tande Farmers Market
#45 Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future #46 Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
#47 Embroidery by Mary #48 Grooming by Heather Harris @ Wee Wee Walkers
#49 Backlb #50 Senator Teplitz, 15th Disrtrict, Dauphin & Perry counties
 #51 The Bread Man #52 The Paisley Patch
 #53 Backlb #54 Jewelry Designs By Helen Ritter
 #55 Dairy Air Soap #56 Sara's Sew Creative
 #57 K & K Kreations #58 Duncannon Area Business
 #59 Cups for Kings and Queens #60 Seedware Design by Colleen Heim
 #61 CruiseOne - J C Smith Travel #62 Members 1st Federal Credit Union
 #63 SeaGlass Jewelry #64 Paul Gilbert Woodworking
 #65 SLG Crafts
 #67 Summit Search and Rescue
 #69 Orrstown Bank
#71 Phoenix Pottery Studio
#73 Sawmill Creek Body Co.


Crafts for Kidskids-crafts

There are plenty of activities to keep the kids happy and entertained so bring them along for a fun day at the festival.

016 Wacky Hats Make a Wacky Hat out of paper plates for your next hike. We have frog hats, monster hats, bee hats, palm tree hats, hats with glasses, castle hats, and flamingo hats. Take your pick and decorate your hat or if you are older you can cut out your hat too.
015 Bear Chasers What can you do with a cardboard tube? You can make a Bear Chaser that makes a humming noise so you can scare away bears as you are hiking. Decorate your tube and cover one end with wax paper or foil wrap that you cut out yourself or get help from a volunteer.
017 Mustaches Make a mustache out of black construction paper and put it under your nose so you look like a hiker who has spent months on the trail.
014 Wrestling Hikers Decorate two clothespins to look like hikers and connect them with a rubber band. Wind them up, let them go, and watch the action to see which hiker lands on top for the win.
018 Racing Turtles Make one or two turtles out of white cardboard by decorating them with markers. Add a long string and tie it to something about the height of the turtle. Little tugs on the string cause the turtle to race slowly (remember it is a turtle) along the string away from you.


Festival Friends

The following organizations have made significant donations or contributions to help fund the 2015 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival and we greatly appreciate their help.

Join the FunFestival Fun

We’re looking for volunteers to help make this festival a great day for everyone.  Enjoy a fun day outside with your fellow Duncannon enthusiasts.

If you’re interested in being a volunteer at the festival, please contact us for more information.

Why We Do It

Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community LogoThe Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community (DATC) is dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving our outdoor recreational resources for future generations. We implement projects and programs to enhance tourism opportunities for Duncannon as an outdoor recreation destination and we encourage everyone to get outside, enjoy nature and recognize the connection between the health and abundance of the region’s natural assets and the vitality of its communities.

Come out and enjoy a fun day in Duncannon!   We hope to see you there!


Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event!

One thought on “2015 Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Festival

  1. Nancy Haines

    Are you still taking vendors for the festival? If so what is the charge? I have primitives, hand made items and other gift/ decorating items. Thank you. Nancy Haines


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *