Hey everyone, I wanted to get the 2011 Trail Days on everyone's calendars. It's on May 13-15 in Damascus, VA. It's a thru-hiker festival in southwest VA the weekend after Mothers Day. The bulk of thru-hikers are in the area at that time, and previous thru-hikers drive in from all over the US. Damascus has the rep of being the "frieldiest town on the AT" and it's always been a fun weekend.
Here is link to the official site. They don't have a final schedule, but they will fill it as time gets closer, so keep checking.
Official Trail Days Site
Although you might think that UL backpacking has the strongest support in CA, I have found that most of the major UL cottage manufacturers are in attendence at Trail Days (e.g., Go-Lite, MLD, Hennessey Hammock, Trail Designs, AntiGravity Gear, Jacks R Better, BPL, Gossamer Gear, Etowah Outfitters, Packa, Enertial Trail Foods, Speer Hammocks, Nemo, Lightheart Gear, Terra Nova, Vargo, Six Moons, etc, etc...in no particular order since there are so many).
Here is a link to my trip report from last year, to give you a flavor of the event.
My 2010 Trail Days Trip Report
I am planning to go down this year (but no firm plans), and thought it might be fun to have a BPL meet-and-greet at the booths or tent city. Let me know if people are interested!!