UPDATE: Montgomery Parks Cancels Ale Trail Festival

Update, March 10 at 1 p.m.: Due the rain and snow in the forecast, the festival for Saturday, March 12 is canceled.

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As the weather warms and residents itch to get outside, Montgomery Parks announces the Ale Trail festival, ahead of St. Patrick’s Day on March 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents start their outdoor adventure at the Hiker-Biker trail parking lot at Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park. True Respite Brewing will keep residents’ thirst quenched with various beers for purchase at both the main event area and at a refueling station halfway through the hike.

After the hike, residents are invited to spend the rest of the day dancing to Irish musicians Capital Effect and snacking on goodies from O’Boy Pizza.

Attendance is free, food and alcohol are available by purchase only. No alcohol is permitted on the Lake Needwood trail or outside of the event area.

Guests under the age of 15 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome, and must follow all dog park rules. The Westside Trail is comprised of compressed gravel, which should be suitable for those hiking with strollers, wheelchairs, or walkers. However, the main entrance to the trail has loose gravel, and Montgomery Parks asks hikers to plan accordingly.

The County’s indoor mask mandate expired on Feb. 22, so facial coverings will not be required in any of the areas. Free parking is available at the event site. There are two entrances to the eastern portion of the park, one is south of Needwood Road at Beach Drive, and the other is west of Avery Road on Needwood Lake Drive.

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