We don't stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking. -- Finis Mitchell

TrailsFest 2009 presented by Washington Trails Association

TrailsFest 2009 will be taking place tomorrow on Saturday, July 18 at Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area in North Bend, Washington.

TrailsFest is presented by the Washington Trails Association and will feature exhibitors, prizes, clinics and more. Stop by the WTA booth to get a free issue of Washington Trials Magazine as well as lists of great day hikes in the area.

Beginning at 10 AM, the activities and clinics run through 4 PM. Some of the highlights include presentations by the Seattle Audubon, tips and tricks from mountain guides, a presentation on how to use a map and compass and backcountry first aid for dogs. Here's the schedule of activities and clinics.

As for exhibitors over 45 local businesses, non-profit organizations and sponsors will be on location. The full list of exhibitors is available here.

Still not sold on going? Well, there are activities that are on going as well. Including cross-cutting saw demos, pack fitting from Gregory Packs, a climbing wall, fire starting demos and much more.

Tickets for the event are $5 each or 5 for $20. You can buy tickets at TrailsFest or online at www.wta.org.

In addition to the event, you can enjoy the local scenery of Rattlesnake Lake, hike on the historic John Wayne Trail or even take you bike for spin on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

There are also raffle tickets available for free and cost raffles on various prize packages. And anyone who bikes to TrailsFest receives a special free raffle ticket for a biking prize.

And you can bet the Northern Rangers will be out there. Full coverage from our experience on Saturday will be posted the following day.

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