Bummed that your Dirt Fest tickets got dropped off the back of Dirt Rag’s closure? Fret no more, both the Pennsylvania and West Virginia events are back, they’re just going to be called something else. Both events have new owners and will no longer be related, giving each a reboot with that’ll likely give each it’s own personality. Here’s the details…
Bike Bash at Big Bear, WV
PRESS RELEASE: Dirt Rag Dirt Fest WV is now under new ownership and will be moving forward as the Bike Bash at Big Bear West Virginia. The venue owners will host the festival on the originally scheduled dates (July 17-19, 2020). The team will leverage their turn-key infrastructure and 20+ years of promotion experience. They are looking forward to another awesome festival weekend.
The event features an amazing trail-network, campfires, group rides, shuttle service, bands, family-friendly activities. The expo will offer bike and gear demos and product sampling opportunities. Attendees can expect a welcoming vibe true to Wild Wonderful West Virginia with trails that will provide thrills for all skill levels and views that can’t be beat.
Join the fun and let your customers demo the latest bike technology, get up close and personal with new products, or if they’re curious – try an electric mountain bike. The technical trails will provide your customers with a challenge and will give them a true sense of how your product performs. Unlike many mountain bike festivals, class 1 pedal assist ebikes are allowed on the trails at this event.
Information, including booth rates, sponsorship opportunities, and weekend schedules can be found here: demodays.com/bikebashwv
Over the past three years, participation numbers have increased steadily. New sign-ups are coming in each day with over 1,000+ attendees expected. The July timing has been perfect to draw a crowd of eager vacation travelers and families. Attendee passes and accomodations may be reserved here: demodays.com/bikebashwv
Bike Bash WV will take place the weekend before Outerbike Killington, VT allowing your demo drivers to make the most of Eastern travels by planning several stops. Our venue is ideally located to draw large crowds and offer your demo drivers the opportunity to visit local dealers, with Pittsburgh 1.5hrs away and 3hrs to Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
“We were sad to see our event partner, Dirt Rag Magazine, close its doors after 30 years in the magazine business but we’re uniquely positioned to take over this very popular festival without skipping a beat”, says, Jeff Simcoe, Big Bear’s Recreation Land Manager.
There is also a contest currently running; Anybody joining the email list will be entered for a chance to win a VIP Package for two. The prize includes event passes, a campsite, and a parking pass. **Note: If the winner has already registered, their payment will be refunded**
Eric Butler of DemoDays.com and will help with exhibitor registrations and sponsorships.
Raystown Bike Fest, PA
PRESS RELEASE: We are happy to announce that the Friends of Raystown Lake is launching Raystown Bike Fest, picking up the Dirt Fest Pennsylvania torch with the new event on the same weekend, May 15-17, 2020.
Dirt Fest PA has been a big fundraiser for the Allegrippis Trail network and a way to bring the bike community together, so it is with a happy heart we announce that Raystown Bike Fest will make fundraising for the trail network its main focus.
Over the 9 years that the event has been held, Dirt Rag was able to donate over 80,000 dollars to The Friends of Raystown Lake. As Dirt Rag, and subsequently Dirt Fest, was coming to a close, one of the main concerns was that this vital fundraising might also come to an end.
Raystown Bike Fest will be capping attendance at just over 800 this first year with the goal of having a small grassroots event similar to Dirt Fests of old. In addition, all attendees who pre-registered for Dirt Fest PA 2020 will receive a voucher good for their purchased pass and camping accommodations.
We also have a list of vendors who are attending and we really appreciate their support towards the event and the attendees who want to interact with brands.
Raystown Bike Fest is working with 10-year veteran, Dirt Rag Sales Manager/Events Coordinator Trina Haynes, “ I am really excited to see this happen. I was really worried about the fundraising for the trails, and with the loss of NembaFest this year, the east coast losing another mountain bike event just wasn’t an option. We had to find a way to keep this event alive. It’s an amazing location, a fantastic trail team, and the attendees are so dedicated to coming, riding and having a great time.”
For more information about the event contact Trina at raystownbikefest.com.