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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Dirt Rag closed


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    This is very sad. Saw it on the FB page this AM

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    Very sad indeed. A MTB institution and a Pennsylvania legend. But honestly, with the direction that mountain biking is going, almost expected.
    It is the Right of the People to Alter or to Abolish It.

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    Is this taking Dirt Fest with it? Some friends noticed the EventBright pages for both events weren't taking orders this morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    Is this taking Dirt Fest with it? Some friends noticed the EventBright pages for both events weren't taking orders this morning.
    Yes.
    It is the Right of the People to Alter or to Abolish It.

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    Sad. Print media in general is going away. I just lost my favorite Jeep magazine too. I haven't bought MTB mags in a long time so I guess I am part of the problem but Dirt Rag has always been one of my favorites. They certainly didn't take themselves too seriously.

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    Sad news, to bad they couldn't just restructure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    Is this taking Dirt Fest with it? Some friends noticed the EventBright pages for both events weren't taking orders this morning.
    I hope not, I'm registered!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahm1127 View Post
    I hope not, I'm registered!

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    They added I believe to the original FB post!
    Now mentioning perhaps Dirtfest may live on but with no mention of 2020 forsure or refunds etc, also noted as mention above that Reg is Closed!
    Really enjoyed this event and NEMBA at KTA, but both done for 2020.


    "It is with a heavy heart that we’re writing to say, that after 30 years of publishing and ten years of putting on awesome mountain bike events, Dirt Rag is shutting its doors and ceasing all operations.

    The reasons are myriad, but the bottom line is that the Dirt Rag print magazine, website, and Dirt Fest events are all key to our survival and that no part of our operation can exist without the others.

    We are working with our land partners to try and continue the events and carry on the Dirt Fest tradition in a new light, thus keeping the shenanigans alive. If this happens they will be in touch with you with details. Please be patient as we work to try and make this happen!

    Thanks for supporting our special brand of off-beat journalism and attending our killer events. We couldn’t have done it without you. Here’s to the legacy of the last 30 years, to the future of our sport, and to every one of you for coming along for the ride."

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    It'll be interesting to hear more, but I believe the print mag helped fund some of the time and wages being spent trying to host the Dirt Fest events.

    I could definitely see Dirt Fest live on, but it would likely do so out of a group of people who would do it full-time, and therefore the entry fees would probably increase.

    I know out here in AZ, the Sedona Bike Festival isn't cheap. Neither is the upcoming Hurricane MTB Festival. In general, I always thought Dirt Fest was a good value considering the amount of bikes you could demo. That may not be the case if fees increase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    It'll be interesting to hear more, but I believe the print mag helped fund some of the time and wages being spent trying to host the Dirt Fest events.

    I could definitely see Dirt Fest live on, but it would likely do so out of a group of people who would do it full-time, and therefore the entry fees would probably increase.

    I know out here in AZ, the Sedona Bike Festival isn't cheap. Neither is the upcoming Hurricane MTB Festival. In general, I always thought Dirt Fest was a good value considering the amount of bikes you could demo. That may not be the case if fees increase.
    After taxes and fees, Dirtfest '20 cost me over $90, and I'm not even camping at Susquehannok.
    I think the rising cost is why attendance has been declining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal-Cracker View Post
    After taxes and fees, Dirtfest '20 cost me over $90, and I'm not even camping at Susquehannok.
    I think the rising cost is why attendance has been declining.

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    I've done many events at $60 for 1 day event, DirtRag is for 3 days. Not bad at all.
    Hope nobody loses thier money, not right

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahm1127 View Post
    I've done many events at $60 for 1 day event, DirtRag is for 3 days. Not bad at all.
    Hope nobody loses thier money, not right

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    Refund not looking good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    It'll be interesting to hear more, but I believe the print mag helped fund some of the time and wages being spent trying to host the Dirt Fest events.

    I could definitely see Dirt Fest live on, but it would likely do so out of a group of people who would do it full-time, and therefore the entry fees would probably increase.

    I know out here in AZ, the Sedona Bike Festival isn't cheap. Neither is the upcoming Hurricane MTB Festival. In general, I always thought Dirt Fest was a good value considering the amount of bikes you could demo. That may not be the case if fees increase.
    I've done the Sedona bike fest twice and loved it, I was going to try Dirt Fest this year for the first time, what a shame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal-Cracker View Post
    Refund not looking good...

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    Interesting that their financial problems had to have been ongoing and could have canceled Dirt Fests before accepting money for events this season.

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    We are still going to Raystown the weekend of Dirt Fest. Great place to ride, hopefully some people still show up just to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbikewv View Post
    We are still going to Raystown the weekend of Dirt Fest. Great place to ride, hopefully some people still show up just to ride.
    Same here.
    I would think most of us that made reservations at Seven Points will still show up to camp/ride.
    Dirtfest or not, I'll still have fun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by techfersure View Post
    Interesting that their financial problems had to have been ongoing and could have canceled Dirt Fests before accepting money for events this season.
    Exactly!

    We are going also, can't let spoil a great time.

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    I think the only thing people are missing out on is the ability to demo so many bikes in one place. the rest of the event was not even that good, I would much rather go on a weekend with less people and have a blast with my friends. As for the magazine, after they went to i believe 8 issues a year i canceled my subscription.
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    We still have a site reserved for that weekend at seven points as well. We still plan on going to ride and hang out.



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    Does anyone think the manufacturers will still be there?
    If they have everything setup and scheduled why wouldn't they?

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    Looks like the Allegrippis trail crew are planning to put something together for that weekend.

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    That's good, unless I have to pay again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahm1127 View Post
    That's good, unless I have to pay again.
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    Yeah, I'm hoping if its a pay event, it'd be very cool if they honor paid Dirtfest admission.

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    Rumor has it that Big Bear WV is doing something also...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal-Cracker View Post
    Yeah, I'm hoping if its a pay event, it'd be very cool if they honor paid Dirtfest admission.

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    Absolutely, or a nice discount. MFG could pick up some cost

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    Looking better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal-Cracker View Post
    Looking better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb85 View Post
    Rumor has it that Big Bear WV is doing something also...
    It is. Google “Bike Bash WV”. There’s also a FB page. Same weekend that DirtFest was scheduled.

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    Looks like it's official. The Friends of Raystown are picking up DirtFest. No mention of honoring prior registrations and it is limited to 800 spots.

    https://mailchi.mp/rotatingmassmedia...7?e=b3a87f11ac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockadile View Post
    Looks like it's official. The Friends of Raystown are picking up DirtFest. No mention of honoring prior registrations and it is limited to 800 spots.

    https://mailchi.mp/rotatingmassmedia...7?e=b3a87f11ac
    They are definitely honoring prior registrations. If you registered (and didn't dispute with your credit card), you should receive an email with a voucher for free admission.

    I just got mine and have (re) registered.

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    Thank you, I gots mine. Glad they accepted our previous registration. I hope many didn't register. $25 is a lot better than $85.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahm1127 View Post
    Thank you, I gots mine. Glad they accepted our previous registration. I hope many didn't register. $25 is a lot better than $85.

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    Very cool!
    It looks like registration is sold out, so they are definitely limiting attendance for this year.

    It seems Dirtfest's popularity was declining, and the perception was that the increasing cost wasn't helping things.
    Hopefully, now that this new event is being organized as a not-for-profit event, it'll keep pricing reasonable and ensure the event's future.

    I'm optimistic and looking forward to May.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal-Cracker View Post
    Very cool!
    It looks like registration is sold out, so they are definitely limiting attendance for this year.

    It seems Dirtfest's popularity was declining, and the perception was that the increasing cost wasn't helping things.
    Hopefully, now that this new event is being organized as a not-for-profit event, it'll keep pricing reasonable and ensure the event's future.

    I'm optimistic and looking forward to May.

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    Amen to that Coal-Cracker!

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