What Rain? Dominion Trail Mix Plans On
An event to celebrates the W&OD Trail with a cleanup, healthy activities and live music.
UPDATE 10:55 a.m. Sept. 3
Event planners hope to go on with the Great Skedaddle walk/run around 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., hoping the storm will pass.
The first Dominion Trail Mix Festival – a three-part event that culminates with a free community festival featuring Gloriana and appearances by personalities from WMZQ 98.7 and ABC 7/News Channel 8 – begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, with Hail the Trail.
Hail the Trail is the largest community service project in the W&OD Trail’s history. The multifaceted event aims to beautify the trail while garnering charitable, community and civic benefits for the residents and businesses of the area. Participants start at one of ten locations, or stations, along the trail and pick up trash, pull weeds, plant various items, maintain kiosks and more. Ashburn Patch is sponsoring a cleanup photo contest – submit your pictures of your work cleaning up the trail to email@example.com and Patch will give a $25 gift certificate to the hardest worker for any Ashburn restaurant.
Patch will offer another $25 restaurant certificate to the reader who submit the best trail recipe before the event begins Saturday, which should also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about both contests here.
For those looking to break a sweat, check out the Great Skedaddle, a run, walk and bike event on the trail that starts and finishes at Farmwell Station Middle School. The non-competitive Skedaddle runs from 11 a.m. to noon and includes a 3.1 walk/run/jog along with 5- and 10-mile bicycle races.
At noon the Trailfest celebration begins. A diverse music line-up runs from noon to 5 p.m. with a range of music from the Jenny Leigh Band and Ashburn’s own A+ Dropouts to the family-oriented entertainer Billy B. Music and headliner Gloriana, who will perform tracks from its latest album Wanna Take You Home. All performances are free.
In addition to the live entertainment, food, sports clinics and other family friendly activities are planned.
“We are thrilled with the level of excitement our community has generated in anticipation of this event,” said Robert Sweeney, President of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “By joining us at this celebration, you are supporting the revitalization of meaningful outdoor experiences that are available to the youth in our region.”
Sign up for Hail the Trail, register for The Great Skedaddle or become an event volunteer by visiting the event website at www.dominiontrailmix.com. Dominion Trail Mix is a collaboration between the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, and Dominion Virginia Power.
Find the Patch booth to learn more about us, or just to get some free Patch schwag, like pens and magnets.
Don't miss other event happening this weekend; check out the Ashburn Patch events calendar.