Dirt Rag Magazine recently announced it was shutting down operations after 30 years in business. Along with its closing, the media outlet was set to cancel its popular East Coast mountain bike festival, Dirt Fest. 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 nine 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. Exhibitors include, Marin Bikes, Terrene Tires, Eskar Cycles, HandUp Gloves, Industry Nine, Motorex, Erra Creations, and Alex Rims.

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," said Haynes.

Registration for the event is open as of today! https://www.bikereg.com/raystown-bike-fest

For more information about the event contact Trina at [email protected].