We’ve finalized the schedule for Dirt Fest 2014. Click here to see all the skills clinics, group rides, beer school, musical acts, and a whole heap of good times.
Light up the night with Lupine on the official Dirt Fest night ride Saturday night at Dirt Fest. They’ll even have a limited number of lights to demo, so be sure to stop by their booth early and sign up!
“I am stoked to be a leader for the women’s rides and women’s clinics at the biggest mountain bike party of the year… Dirt Fest! Dirt Rag knows how to celebrate trails, bikes and friends,” Haywood said. “I am so excited to be a skills instructor and ride leader for the women’s events there.”
Dirt Fest is a family-friendly event that strives to promote diversity on the trails. There will be a number of events for women, kids and beginners. Watch for a complete schedule soon.
“You can always judge how cool a mountain bike event is by the number of women who attend. Dirt Fest does a great job getting hundreds of women to come out to attend the Fest and ride at the Allegrippis Trails,” Haywood said.
May 16-18, 2014
The annual celebration of bikes called Dirt Fest takes place on a hilly, chimpmunk-infested peninsula in Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. There are 34 miles of fast, fun, flowing trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few steps away from the campground. The expo area will showcase more than 50 vendors from all over the country with everything from demo bike fleets, wheels, apparel and accessories. Is there a new Niner RIP 9 in your future? Here’s your chance to get one dirty.
A portion of the proceeds from Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System, through the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Thus far the event has donated nearly $20,000 to the trails which keeps them open and maintained.
We’ve made some changes to the registration options this year. Please read on to choose the option that is right for you.
Admission and Accommodations
Option One: Weekend pass with camping on-site – $65
Susquehannock Campground is primitive and sometimes crowded‚ others call it cozy. There is very limited parking so be prepared to unload and then move your vehicle to a remote parking space.
There are no: showers, electric hook-ups, RV’s, internet hot-spots, trailers of any sorts, bad attitudes, etc.
There are: trees with roots, hilly slopes, the occasional rock, great views, lots of friendly riders, vault toilets, and hand pump water.
A good rule of thumb is your will have room for one vehicle on-site for every four people. The larger your group, the more primo the space you are assigned. Register individually but please include your desired group name, shop name, or club name so we can place your group together. Spell it out though, no acronyms; “Chicago Area Mountain Bike Association” instead of “CAMBA.”.
Please plan on arriving: Thursday, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Option Two: Event pass only (staying off-site) – $40, $45 at the gate
Choose this option if you are staying elsewhere or not spending the night and you want access to the vendors, expo, events and demos. Your “Festival Attendance Only” wristband is good for all three days of Dirt Fest. Gets you demo bikes, live music, beer, nutrition clinics, skills clinics, and any other events you want to attend. Day-of registration is $5 extra.
If you are looking for a nearby, family-friendly camping option, consider Seven Points Campground Loop. Operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, it provides improved RV and tent camping with electricity and running water, including hot showers. This location is approximately three miles away from the expo area, but you can ride on trails the entire way to the campsite. That’s right, we added a trail. Ridge Camp and Meadow Camp are closest to the trails. If this sounds like what you are looking for you must purchase a day pass to Dirt Fest and register your campsite independently through the Army Corp of Engineers. They are first come-first serve.
There are other area local campgrounds as well: Woodland Campground and Raystown Family Campground. Be sure to check the proximity of the campground relative to the event before booking!
Please plan on arriving: Friday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Option Three: Houseboats – $35 per person (boat fee not included)
Houseboats are a fun and unique way to enjoy Dirt Fest. Doing so is easy: rent the boat through Seven Points Marina, then have each member of your crew register individually for “Housboater” pass. They will need to include their boat number.
Pick up the boat on your scheduled day at the marina and cruise over the event on the Susquehannock Peninsula. All cars will must be parked at the marina.
Note: Private Boats are not permitted to moor along Susquehannock Peninsula.
Please plan on arriving: Thursday: 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Sponsors and exhibitors
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or joining our expo area, please contact Trina Haynes at email@example.com.
If you are a local business in Huntingdon County and would like to become involved contact Evan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are serious about volunteering we are serious about having you. We are talking the real deal: a 1 a.m.-traffic-directing, registration-tent-working, toilet-paper-restocking, recycle-container-emptying, T-shirt-wearing, VOLUNTEER!
Must be willing to work a minimum of six hours a day.
Must sign up for hours one month prior to event.
Show Up and Smile, don’t stop until Sunday at 3 p.m.!
Think this sounds like you? Contact us at email@example.com.
While Dirt Rag is of course your favorite mountain bike magazine, our friends over at Mountain Bike are pretty cool too, and they stopped by Dirt Fest and had nothing but good things to say:
The trails here have been optimized for flow and fun: Imagine yourself on a seemingly endless giant-sized pumptrack with rippling climbs that feed long roller-coaster descents. But what you might not notice are the little moments that make navigating the trails easier . Case in point—arrival at each well-marked intersection requires nothing more than locating yourself on the map, deciding what to ride next, and then pedaling off onto the next trail. It’s as simple as that.
We love reading about how visitors enjoyed themselves at Dirt Fest. Sounds like we converted another to the joys of mountain biking!
Becoming a Dirt Rag at the Dirt Fest
by Erika Durham
Fat tires for stomping through the roots and through the mud.
People have been telling me for years now to try trail riding. I’ve heard over and over again how much I would love it…how much fun it would be…how they could just SEE me becoming obsessed.
Not that it’s always been too easy to just jump on a mountain bike and find a trail around Cleveland, but I also never really made the effort to try. It wasn’t for any particular reason, I simply just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.
The Dirt Rag Dirt Fest changed ALL of that. It’s a three day thrill ride on some of the most well manicured trails many riders say they’ve been on. Three days of riding bikes so far out of my price range it made my eyeballs spin. Three days of nonstop biking, beer drinking, eating, camping, and a ridiculous amount of fun.
Miss out on the good time, or just want to re-live the magic? Check out this video we put together from Dirt Fest 2013. What was your favorite part of the fun?
Our fourth annual Dirt Fest, presented by Scott Sports, at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania, was once again the best ever. A huge thank you to all who attended—friends, fans and exhibitors—you’re the ones who made it so great.
There were nearly 2,500 registered attendees riding the amazing trails around the lake, camping, house boating and partying well into the wee hours of the next day.
Special thanks go out to our official sponsors Scott Sports, Oskar Blues Brewery, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Infinit nutrition, Niner, Michelin, Take Aim Cycling, Specialized and Light & Motion. Additionally, without the event logistics provided by Rothrock Outfitters, along with support from the Friends of Raystown Lake, we never could have made it happen.
When you arrive
For directions to Dirt Fest, click here.
Those attending only, not camping
The Raystown Lake Visitors Center will be your hub for parking, checking in, and picking up the shuttle shuttle to the festival grounds. Do not plan to driving into the festival to park; all festival attendees will need to park at the 7 Points in designated areas.
The Visitors Center is located on 7 Points road. Follow directions to park your vehicle at one of the 7 Points parking lots, then proceed to check in at the Visitors Center. You will be checked off the list, given your festival wristbands, and then you may ride a shuttle or bike into Dirt Fest.
There will be a bicycle rack on the bike shuttle bus if you plan to bring your own bike. Please remember to bring a lock.
Arrive at Susquehannock Campground by turning onto 7 Points road off of Route 26. Follow the signs to Dirt Fest at Susquehannock Campground.
Have your confirmation number printed from bikereg.com in order to check in. At the registration tent you will be given a festival wristband, and assigned a camping site.
When you arrive at your site, please keep in mind that you will be sharing a common space with neighbors, some of whom you may be meeting for the first time. Susquehannock is a primitive-style campground, and there are no electrical connections at any of the sites. Please be courteous to all festival campers, and take a minute to get to know your new friends.
Parking is limited within the campground, so please unpack, then relocate your vehicle to a satellite parking lot. It is in your best interest to bring a tent or hammock to sleep in; we cannot guarantee a car-camping space. Please park in paved lots only; cars left on the grass will be asked to move.
Have your confirmation printed from bikereg.com to check in. At the registration tent you will be given a festival wristband, and assigned a camping site.
Individual camping is kind of like the singles table at a wedding. Everyone will be sharing campsites of various shapes and sizes. Get to know your neighbors and have a great time!
After you unload your gear at the campsite please relocate your vehicle to one of our satellite parking lots. This will ensure everyone has ample space to set up camp. When you are putting up tents and hammocks, please keep in mind that you will be sharing the campground with other singles and small groups. There will be room for everyone to be comfortable, and have the opportunity to make new friends. Please limit campfires to fire rings only.
Arrive at 7 Points Marina by turning onto 7 Points road off Route 26. Check in with Pam or one of her staff at the Oar House.
You will be given festival wristbands for the number of people assigned to your boat. These will grant your guests admittance to the festival and all events.
Once you have acquired your boat, sail on over the Susquehannock Peninsula, where Dirt Fest is located. You will be able to moor your boat along the peninsula for the weekend. Please be respectful of other campers when selecting your mooring location. There are campsites along the edge of the peninsula that have been assigned to groups, and they may not wish to have a houseboat in their midst. There is plenty of room along the coastline for all houseboats to moor. If you have any questions, please contact a festival coordinator.
Oh and by the way: Please remember you are responsible for anyone on your boat (invited or not). Dirt Fest is not liable for any damages incurred throughout the weekend; it is the responsibility of the boat captain to return the vessel in its original condition. At the request of the Marina, please do not sit on the hot tub covers.
Things to bring
- Photo ID: This will grant you a drinking-eligible wristband.
- Bike Lock: There are many racks and trees. Lock your bike!
- Water: There is potable water at the campground. Stay hydrated, friends.
- Helmet: Everyone should wear a helmet.
- Blinky Lights: If riding around the campground at night these are a good idea
Things not to bring
- Bad attitudes
The other stuff
There are some exciting new additions to Dirt Fest this year, as well as a few minor changes to how the event will operate.
A skills area will be set up to host riding events and instructional gatherings. This is located at the Skills Area, labelled on your trail maps.
Please be courteous and observe and proper, sober riding etiquette throughout the weekend. Riders of all levels and abilities will be sharing a common space with the common goal of having a good time. Always wear a helmet.
Emergency responders will be on-hand to address any medical emergencies. They will be located at the entrance to the Expo area, next to the registration tent at the front of the festival.
The nearest hospital is JC Blair Memorial hospital in Huntingdon, PA, an approximately 30 minute drive from inside the festival. Always dial 911 in the case of an emergency.
While at the festival, please observe our recycling and refuse options. Dirt Fest operates in the spirit of zero-impact, and will provide accommodations for all waste disposals. If you have a question, ask a volunteer.
We have an awesome team of partners for this event who provide a comprehensive array of products, services and resources. You are sure to find something of interest at Dirt Fest.