Dirt Fest 2015.

Another Dirt Fest has come and gone, and, as usual, it was a big blur punctuated by highlights. It was my third year helping out with the event, and it seems as though every year I become farther removed from the participation aspect and more closely intertwined with the organization and making-stuff-happen aspect of things. That’s what happens when you’re in bed (literally) with the organizer and Dirt Fest King, but I’m totally okay with it. There’s no way I’d be able to just sit back and relax and not do everything I could every moment of the day to help out. And besides, I don’t want to ride the Allegrippis during Dirt Fest anyway—I get to ride the trails every other week of the year when there aren’t two thousand other people out there.

Just because I work the event doesn’t mean I don’t have fun. Working with a great crew of volunteers (who are also all mostly my good friends) is awesome. The people-watching at the Fest is pretty fascinating. And at the end of each very long day, we head to the Dirt Rag tent and eat some of Elizabeth’s amazing pizza and hang out just like everybody else.

This year’s Dirt Fest went fairly smoothly, with only minor hiccups, injuries, and complaints. As usual, there are things to improve upon for next year, and that will never change.

Here’s a rundown of the week, mostly in photos:

The first pile of stuff is dropped off where the registration tent/HQ will be.
The first pile of stuff is dropped off where the registration tent/HQ will be.
We drive around, put out signs, scope out the campground, and other preliminary setup stuff.
We drive around, put out signs, scope out the campground, and other preliminary setup stuff.
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Tuesday evening packet-stuffing party.
Wednesday night volunteer meeting.
Wednesday night volunteer meeting.
We found these super classy vessels on the houseboat that we're staying on for the week.
We found these super classy vessels on the houseboat that we stayed on for the week.
People who make things happen.
People who make things happen.
Playing with fire.
Playing with fire.
We aren't kidding.
We aren’t kidding.
One of the coolest changes/additions to Dirt Fest was the use of solar power via Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters.
One of the coolest changes/additions to Dirt Fest was the use of solar power via Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters.
They brought a cool trailer with an attached solar array.
They brought a cool trailer with an attached solar array.
And had these nifty little cell phone charging stations set up throughout the event---all powered by solar!
And had these nifty little cell phone charging stations set up throughout the event—all powered by solar!
Beer canoe stuffers.
Beer canoe stuffers.

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Git yer cup!
Git yer cup!
Tyne and the Fastline, Thursday night's entertainment.
Tyne and the Fastline, Thursday night’s entertainment.

Thursday night of Dirt Fest is always my favorite—before the masses arrive, before it all gets crazy, before I’m so sleep deprived that I don’t even want to hang out and drink beer anymore. This time was no different. And as always, the funky bikes came out and Elizabeth Klevens manned the pizza oven and created her sinfully delicious pies that were usually gobbled up within seconds of them hitting the table.

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The tall bike is always a hit.
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The bucking-ball-crusher.
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Lee Klevens is the only person I’ve ever seen successfully ride the reverse-steer bike—with a beer in hand, no less.
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Two of my favorite people.
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Brent is the tall bike master. As the week goes on, he becomes less clothed.

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The beautiful pizza-maker at work:

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And Friday morning, we all had to be up way too early to greet the influx of Dirt-Festers pouring in. The expo opened at 1, and the Fest was in full swing.

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Jake found the chalk.
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Daily schedule-writer.
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Thank goodness for coffee!
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Wabi Sabi sushi was back—yum!!!
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These folks are pretty great.
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Salsa booth. But not the kind you eat.
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Sometimes men ride bikes in bikinis and tag along for the chicks ride.
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Dave & Rebecca learned a valuable lesson about campers and parking them on muddy roads that weekend.
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Jeff—always a treat.
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Daniel was a lifesaver when it came to fixing the jerry-rigged cash box.
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Brent entertained the masses with his walrus impression.
This Dirt Fest map was also the debut of my map-making business, AlpackaMap.
This Dirt Fest map was also the debut of my map-making business, AlpackaMap.
On Sunday morning, it rained and everyone left. Also, Evan made a rain suit out of a trash bag. And made himself look like a Transformer.
On Sunday morning, it rained and everyone left. Also, Evan made a rain suit out of a trash bag. And made himself look like a Transformer.
Sam Thillen came to Dirt Fest!
Sam Thillen came to Dirt Fest!
Things are a little soggy.
Things are a little soggy.

Sunday morning, it poured, most of the scheduled events were cancelled, and everyone poured out of the campground. By the afternoon, only a few of us remained, and it was time to celebrate another successful Fest. We hung out at the Dirt Rag tent, took a ride to the skills park, paddleboarded and swam.

Maurice and Evan.
Maurice and Evan, the two who made it all happen.
Stay fuzzy, my friend.
Stay fuzzy, my friend.
The shorts came out!
The shorts came out!
Carissa & Ellis.
Carissa & Ellis.
Leftover beer=first world problem.
Leftover beer=first world problem.
The sun sets on another successful Dirt Fest.
The sun sets on another successful Dirt Fest.
King & Queen. He deserves the title of King; I just got really lucky.
King & Queen. He deserves the title of King; I just got really lucky.

2 Replies to “Dirt Fest 2015.”

  1. Very nice report Helena. Lots of hard work for you guys. I have the good fortune of riding with the Klevens on Thursday nights at the OTB rides. Very giving people and fun riders. They have contributed a lot to the local riding community as have you guys. Maurice- the best. Thanks for doing what you do. Mountain biking in Pa would not happen if it were not for selfless people like you guys, the Klevens and Mo.

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    1. The best Dirt Fest yet!!! I was a joy to see you and get to spend time hanging out. Thank you for all your hard work to make it happen. I had no idea that was your map! SOOO cool!!! Thank you Pat Mccloskey for the kind words, ditto right back at you 🙂

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