Damascus holds Trail Days the weekend after Mother’s Day each year. Nearly 30,000 people converge on the town in VA. It is sponsored by Backpacker magazine. Of which I am a subscriber. It is a really festive atmosphere and all the volunteers remind me of the Swan Lake Marathon. All the churches get involved and have services available like showers (using a trailer like MDS), haircuts, a thru-hiker meal, foot washing, medical advice and internet. There were also tents set up to sew clothes or fix gear. One lady nicely told a young man that had a rip in his jeans that there were people here that could sew that for him. Not sure if he took her up on it.
1st Baptist Church did the meal and it was amazing! Fried chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, lettuce salad, sweet potato casserole, corn, beans and dessert. YUMM! After the meal there were some musicians playing some bluegrass/gospel music. It was so nice! I listened until they stopped. It was also raining during that time and they were under a tent.
There was also an eating contest. Contestants could choose from hot dogs or
cake. It was pretty hilarious watching men with beards dive into cakes head first. The guy that won the hot dog eating contest ate 8 hot dogs with buns in 2 minutes. wow. I am unworthy.
Contra dancing and seminars about the trail, concerts, talent show and parade will also be happening later this weekend. I will not stay for all the festivities because I am wanting to get back on the trail. I am starting to get antsy. I may come back someday to take in Trail Days again. It’s been fun while it’s lasted. Thanks Damascus!