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Dirt Rag Dirt Fest - Pennsylvania

Dirt Rag Dirt Fest - Pennsylvania

Raystown Lake - Allegrippis Trails - Hesston, Pa.
Allegrippis, Bakers Hollow Rd, Hesston, PA 16647, USA

Start Time
9:00 AM
End Time
5:00 PM
Start Date
05/17/2019
End Date
05/19/2019

Allegrippis, Bakers Hollow Rd, Hesston, PA 16647, USA

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Bikes - Trails - Camping - Music - Fun

Some people call it the best weekend of the year, we just call it Dirt Fest. With thirty-six miles of flow trails, more demo bikes than we can count (we tried), primitive camping, good beer, great friends and one beautiful lake if you don't come you're simply missing out. With new additions like the bike park, second expo area, kids fun zone and more food vendors, we think this will be the best year yet! Sign up and come join the fun at the lake this May.


Pass Types


Weekend Dirt Fest Attendee 

Full access pass! Expos, three expo days, two nights of live music, demo bikes and gear, exclusive clinics, classes, forums, and fun. Night rides, endurance rides, kids events, & more.

  • Friday-Sunday 

  • Age: 16 and older

  • Cost: Event passes starting at $80 for the weekend

  • Pre-Reg includes FREE 1-year subscription ($20 )

 

Weekend Kid/ Teen Dirt Fest Attendee

  • Friday-Sunday

  • Age: 16 and under

  • Cost: Free 


Volunteer


Extras

Weekend Group Camping at Susquehannock

This is where you become part of the Dirt Rag Nation. Super primitive grouped camping. Site designation is based on total number of registered individuals when camping sells out. Sites are not designated until the week of the event. Fewer spots available this year to further reduce congestion. (see "Accomodations" for more info)

  • Must have registered for a Weekend Event Pass

  • You cannot add group members once this sells out! Sign up early

  • Primitive Camping at Susquehannock Peninsula

  • Fewer than five people and you may end up sharing a site with another small group.

  • Cost: $20- Covers one person for up to three nights of camping in one tent. Does not include onsite vehicle parking. 


Weekend Individual Camping at Susquehannock

This is where you become part of the Dirt Rag Nation. Super primitive camping for individuals without groups. Sort of like the singles table at a wedding this There . Sites are not designated until the week of the event. Fewer spots available this year to further reduce congestion.  (see "Accomodations" for more info.)

  • Must have registered for a Weekend Event Pass

  • If you want your car onsite you must purchase a Parking Pass

  • Arrive After: Thursday 1pm Depart By: Sunday 3pm

  • Primitive Camping at Susquehannock Peninsula

  • Cost: $20- Covers one person for up to three nights of camping in one tent. Does not include vehicle parking.


Weekend Campsite Parking at Susquehannock

One pass allows you to keep one vehicle onsite at Susquehannock Peninsula. Otherwise you must park your vehicle five miles away at an overflow lot. You are permitted to drop gear off at your campsite. (see "Parking and Shuttles" for more info) This is in an effort to curb the number of vehicles on site as well as encourage carpooling.

  • Must be Camping at Susquehannock

  • Not available for houseboats

  • Cost: $30- Covers one vehicle (Thursday-Sunday)


NICA Coaches Certification

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League (PICL) Coach Essentials training will give potential coaches the skills, knowledge, resources, and confidence to coach student athletes and to work with PICL community members. The course includes important coaching concepts including risk management and on-the-bike skills. This will be a half-day course that involves a riding portion and classroom discussion activities. Attendees will receive certification for NICA Risk Management and On-the-bike Skills as part of the NICA Coaches License Program.

  • Limited to 30 individuals

  • You will leave with a certification

  • Cost: $60- (this goes directly to NICA)


NICA Raystown Lake Cruise and Fundraiser

  • NICA Fundraiser and info session

  • 6pm-8pm Saturday 

  • Talk to team leaders and learn how to get on board.

  • Bring out your young racer

  • Saturday Night Cruise on the lake

  • Cost: $30- Covers one adult and one child


Camping and Lodging

Primitive Tent Camping on the Peninsula 

The peninsula is a remote, rocky, rooty, hilly, hunk of land that juts out into Lake Raystown. The Susquehannock Expo, Live Music, and Allegrippis Trails (North) are all located here. We manage the camping here for the weekend so it becomes sort of like a big family. Park the car for the weekend and ride great trails, enjoy late nights, and groggy mornings. 


Two ways to play 

1- Group Camping: Everyone in your group will need to register with the same "Group Name." Based on the total number of registered group members when camping sells out you will be designated a site. You are only guaranteed your own group site with a group of six or more. Less than six? You will be placed at another site. 


2-Individual Camping: This is where you become part of the Dirt Rag Nation. Super primitive camping for individuals without groups. Sort of like the singles table at a wedding this site is comprised of anyone without a site. There is a shared fire pit and a spot to put your tent. Sites are not designated until the week of the event. Fewer spots available this year to further reduce congestion.

  • Bathroom: Portable and vault toilets

  • Sites: Primitive no electric

  • Water: Pump at Campground Entrance

  • Electric: None (we do have cell charging stations)

  • Kid Friendly: Probably Not- We recommend Seven Points

  • Showers: None- shuttle over to Seven Points

  • Cost: $20 per person all three nights (Thurs-Sat)

  • Onsite Parking: $30 per vehicle (Thurs-Sat)

  • RV/ Trailers/ Bus: Not Permitted

  • Register: Through Event Registration Page

Full Feature  Camping at Seven Points

Seven Points Recreation Area comprised of six camping loops managed by the Army Corps of Engineers reservation system. This camping area offers an array of amenities that make camping with kids and family   a breeze. Close to the Seven Points Expo, Kids Zone, Beach, Movie Nights, and New Bike Park.


  • Bathroom: Flush Toilets and Hot Water

  • Sites: RV and Tent Friendly 

  • Water: At Every Site

  • Electric: At Every Site

  • Kid Friendly: Onsite playgrounds and close to all the family oriented parts of Dirt Fest. 

  • Showers: Warm onsite showers

  • Cost: Varies

  • Onsite Parking: Yes 

  • RV/ Trailers/ Bus: Site Specific

  • Register: Recreation.gov



Offsite Campgrounds

Pleasant Hills Campground: Two Miles Away

Lake Raystown Family Camping: Six Miles Away


Hotels

Comfort Inn Huntingdon: 11 Miles Away

Fairfield Inn Huntingdon: 10 Miles Away

Cabins: 

Use: Raystown.org


Food and Drink 

Food Vendors

In an effort to accommodate all varieties of diet we have partnered with several food trucks to provide the best variety and quality food during your Dirt Fest stay. Gluten Free, Vegan, and natural.


  • Doans Bones: Wood Fired Pizza, BBQ, Soft Pretzels, Soulvaki

  • Wabi Sabi: Ocean Fresh Sushi, Ramen, and Bowls

  • Standing Stone Coffee Company: Locally Roasted Coffee

 

Do you own or operate a food truck? We still have a few spaces available. Contact Us

Ice - Firewood - Water

Bags of ice are available via the Friends of Raystown Lake Fire and Ice Truck. It rolls around the campground in the morning and evenings loaded down with supplies. Five gallon jugs of water are also available for purchase for use at your campsite.


Parking & Shuttles

 Parking

Day Parking: 

  • Peninsula Expo North Trails: Bakers Hollow Parking Lot

  • Bike Park Expo South Trails: Mushroom or Redbud Lots


Tent Camp Parking: 

  • If you -pre purchased a parking pass you can park onsite

  • If you did not park at Seven Points Overflow Parking Area


Houseboat Parking:

  • Seven Points Marina Only - no Peninsula Parking

 

Shuttles

Shuttles Run Daily Between Seven Points and Susquehannock Peninsula

People Only Shuttles run until 11pm

Bike Shuttles run until 6pm


Families Teens Kids

 

Where to stay

We recommend staying at one of the campgrounds at Seven Points Recreation Area (see camping) if wanting to camp with the family. And they will love it because we just introduced an entirely new family oriented expo, two movie nights, and a bike park. All just a short ride from the campgrounds. Don't worry the Allegrippis Trails surround the whole festival.


Family Friendly Activities

Balance Bike Races at Seven Points Expo

Seven Points Bike Park Expo

Morning Bike Park Sessions 16 and under only!! 

Two Family Friendly Movie Nights

Kids Zone w/ mini-features trail

Teen Rides

High School Mountain Bike League Cruise

Children and Teen Specific Demo Bikes at Bike Park Expo

Morning Yoga Sessions


Other things to do?

Hit the Seven Points Beach

Go kayaking or canoeing with Rothrock Outfitters

Lincoln Caverns Cave Tours 

Swigart Auto Museum


Our Story

Maurice and Elaine Tierney started Dirt Rag in 1989, creating a magazine that provided an inclusive forum where readers shared their stoke for riding, and for the culture and lifestyle of mountain biking. After having a great time at the legendary Jim Thorpe Mountain Bike Weekend in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, the pair decided that Dirt Rag was in position to translate the magazine’s in-print stoke to an in-person “gathering of the tribe.” 


The first edition of Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest took place in 1991 at Camp Soles, a YMCA youth camp located in the Laurel Highlands, just east of Pittsburgh. The original event was decidedly chill. There was no vendor expo bristling with the bleeding edge of bicycle technology. Demo rides amounted to swapping bikes with a newfound friend. There was a lake, a bonfire and a bicycle polo field. Night time entertainment consisted of an attendee strumming a guitar at the group bonfire—a far cry from The Earthtones jamming for a circus tent full of partying mountain bikers.


Circumstances led to the loss of the original Dirt Fest venue after its second year.  Due to difficulties securing a suitable location, the event remained dormant for nearly two decades. Then, after attending the Allegripis trails grand opening in 2009, we realized that the newborn trail network at Raystown Lake offered the perfect Dirt Fest venue and in a collaborative effort with the Raystown Mountain Bike Association and Evan Gross at Rothrock Outfitters, we decided to bring the event back to life in 2010. 


Dirt Fest Pennsylvania at Raystown Lake has grown steadily since its inception, proving what we’ve known all along: that mountain bikers just want to have fun! In our opinion, there are plenty of mountain bike races to choose from, but not enough “just for fun” events. That’s why we’ve added a second Dirt Fest in 2017, this time in West Virginia at Big Bear Lake Trail Center in Bruceton Mills. You’ll find the same Dirt Fest vibe, plenty of great trails and a welcoming space to hang out and talk bikes. Come join the tribe at either location—or better yet, at both!

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Saturday Night Libations

Location: Raystown Lake - Hesston, PA


Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Pennsylvania Schedule of Events (tentative schedule and is subject to change): 

Once you're registered, you only need to check-in once to get your wristband. 

 

Friday, May 17, 2019

 

11:00 a.m.

Gates Open: Susquehannock Camping Facilities open for check-in.

Shuttles Begin

 

1:00 p.m.

Expo Opens

 

Group Ride: Casual / Intermediate

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 2 hours

 

Fun: Try a Unicycle with Butler Wobble

Meet at: TBD

Notes: Bring a helmet. Lasts until 3:00 p.m.

 

2:30 p.m.

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

3:00 p.m.

Group Ride: Women ride w/SRAM

Meet at: SRAM booth

Duration: 2 hours

 

3:00 p.m.

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

 

3:30 p.m.

Education: Tire choice & pressure with Stan’s and Maxxis

Meet at: Maxxis and Stan’s NoTubes Tent

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Why different tread patterns are important and what tread work best for terrains, tire pressure tips, and why going tubeless is beneficial.

 

4:00 p.m.

Fun: Yoga

Meet at: Big Top Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Bring your own mat

 

Fun: Kids Scavenger Hunt

Meet at: TBD

Notes: Kids ride and scavenger hunt throughout the weekend, find all the items, get the stamps earn a prize!

 

Fun: Kombucha tasting and info session with Sole Kombucha

Meet at: Sole Kombucha Booth

Duration: 1 hour

 

Fun: Pit Bike Rally

Meet at: Big Top Tent at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

 

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

5:00 p.m.

Fun: Happy Hour

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Please Bring ID

 

6:00 p.m.

Fun: Raffle

Meet at: Big Top Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Must be present to win!

 

Expo Closes - Demo Bikes Must Be Returned

 

7:00 p.m.

Live Music and Libations

Meet at: The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 2 hours

Notes: Bring ID

 

Shuttle: Last Call for Bike Shuttles. People Shuttle Continues until 10:00 p.m.

 

9:00 p.m.

Group Ride: Intermediate Group Night Ride w/ The Happy Mutant CBD

Meet at: Tent at Expo Area

Duration: 1.5 hours

Notes: Bring your own light or two

 

9:30 p.m.

Fun: Movie

Meet at: The Amphitheater at Seven Points & The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

 

10:00 p.m.

Registration Closes

 

11:00 p.m.

Quiet Hours

 

Shuttles: Last Call for Buses

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

 

8:30 a.m.

Fun: Yoga

Meet at: Big Top Susquehannock site  7

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Bring your own mat

 

9:00 a.m.

Expo Opens / Registration Opens / Shuttles Begin

 

Group Ride: Coffee Ride

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

       

10:00 a.m.

Group Ride: Pride Ride w/ Surly Bikes

Meet at: Surly booth

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Femme, Trans, Women's, Queer and Allie's mountain biking is for everyone! 

 

Fun: Unicycle group ride with Butler Wobble

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 2 hours

Notes: Try mountain unicycling with a ride. Demo unicycles available. Bring a helmet and wear flat pedal shoes. Ride will accommodate all levels.

 

Fun: Yoga

Meet at: Big Top Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Bring your own mat

 

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

11:00 a.m.

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

 

Fun: Kids Scavenger Hunt

Meet at: TBD

Notes: Kids ride and scavenger hunt throughout the weekend, find all the items, get the stamps earn a prize!

 

11:30 a.m.

Skills Clinic: Women’s Skills Clinic w/ SRAM

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

12:00 p.m.

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

 

1:00 p.m.

Learn: Unicycle Demos with Butler Wobble

Meet at: TBD

Bring a helmet.

 

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

Fun: TBD

Meet at: The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

 

2:00 p.m.

Education: 26” History of Mountain Biking w/ Dirt Rag Be Kind Rewind contributor

Meet at: The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

 

2:30 p.m.

Skills Clinic: Women’s Clinic w/ SRAM

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

3:00 p.m.

Fun: Brewers Expo at the Lounge

Meet at: The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 2 hours

Notes: Please bring ID

 

4:00 p.m.

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

Education:  Women’s Tech Clinic w/ SRAM

Meet at: SRAM booth

Duration: 1 hour

 

Education: Tire choice & pressure with Stan’s and Maxxis

Meet at: Maxxis and Stan’s NoTubes Tent

Duration: 1 hour

Why different tread patterns are important & what tread work best for terrains, tire pressure tips, and why going tubeless is beneficial.

 

Fun: Kombucha tasting and info session with Sole Kombucha

Meet at: Sole Kombucha Booth

Duration: 1 hour

 

4:19 p.m.

Group Ride: Rolling Fat with Surly Bikes

Meet at: Surly booth

Duration: 2 hours

 

4:30 p.m.

Fun: Pit Bike Rally

Meet at: Big Top Tent at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

 

5:00 p.m.

Fun: Happy Hour with Pivot Cycles

Meet at: Pivot Booth

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Please bring ID

 

Fun: Kids of all ages decorated bike parade!

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Meet at the booth and get your decoration supplies, kids will have one hour to decorate their bikes then parade a loop through the expo for all to enjoy!

 

6:00 p.m.

Fun: Raffle

Meet at: Big Top Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Must be present to win!

 

Expo Closes - Demo Bikes Must Be Returned

 

7:00 pm:

Live Music and Libations with Troegs Brewing Company

Meet at: Big Top Tent at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 2 hours

 

Shuttle: Bike Shuttle Stops. People Shuttle Continues until 10:00 p.m.

 

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

 

9:00 p.m.

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

 

9:30 p.m.

Fun: Movie

Meet at: The Amphitheater at Seven Points & The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

 

10:00 p.m.

Shuttle: Last Call for Shuttles

 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

 

8:30 a.m.

Fun: Yoga

Meet at: Big Top Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Bring your own mat

 

9:00 a.m.

Expo Opens / Registration Opens / Shuttles Begi


Group Ride: Dirt Rag Be Kind Rewind Ride

Meet at: The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1-2 hours

 

10:00 a.m.

Fun: Kids 2x4 Challenge

Meet at: Big Top Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Kids 10 and under are invited to try the 2x4 challenge. Ride across the 2x4’s of different lengths. Whoever makes the distance will get a prize!

 

Group Ride: Teen-Only

Meet at: Bakers Hollow Parking Lot

Duration: 2 hour

Notes: Must be accompanied by an adult. This ride will start and finish at the Bakers Hollow Parking area.

 

Group Ride: Women’s Group Ride w/ SRAM

Meet at: SRAM booth

Duration: 1 hour

 

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

11:30 a.m.

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

2:00 p.m.

Shuttles: Last Call for Shuttles

 

3:00 p.m.

Expo Closed - Demo Bikes Must Be Returned

 

5:00 p.m.

Must depart Susquehannock Campground

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