Hundreds expected at BIPOC-friendly festival in King County

The Refuge Outdoor Festival aims to show that outdoor recreation is for everyone, no matter your background or how you identify.

CARNATION, Wash — Geared up and ready for her first ever solo backpacking trip, Chevon Powell was excited.

But instead of focusing on the journey ahead at a park in Vermont, Powell, a Black woman, said she was pulled over by police as soon as she was on site.

“The police said it was unbelievable that I was in the outdoors,” Powell told KING. “It was one of the scariest moments of my life.”

Powell said she knows there is a

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