Posted By Dirt Rag Magazine on 10/06/2017 in Bikes & Cycling
Dirt Rag Dirt Fest - West Virginia

Dirt Rag Dirt Fest - West Virginia

Big Bear Lake Trail Center
Big Bear Lake Camplands, 450 Big Bear Lake Rd, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525, USA

Start Time
9:00 AM
End Time
5:00 PM
Start Date
07/17/2020
End Date
07/19/2020

Bikes - Trails - Camping - Music - Fun

Dirt Rag has chosen Big Bear as the location of their second Dirt Fest for a host of reasons, including technical and fun trails, scenic surroundings, a great event venue, and friendly committed staff.

Dirt Rag’s Quality Manager, Karl Rosengarth, says it best. “Over the years, the team at Big Bear has invested a lot of time, effort and expense to make the venue perfectly suited to host our ‘gathering of the tribe.’ With miles of trails, a performance stage, large pavilion, community bonfire ring, potable water, hot showers and plenty of flat-ground camping, Big Bear has all the ingredients required to make Dirt Fest West Virginia a rousing success.”

The trails at Big Bear are very different than what you’ll find at the Allegrippis Trails, the location of Dirt Fest PA. While the Allegrippis is all about flow, Big Bear features more technical terrain. Big rock features, most notably “The Crack” (which is literally a crack in a huge rock through which the trail cuts), offer a challenge. But there are plenty of more mellow trails for beginners as well.

Hope to see you in July!


Pass Types


Weekend Dirt Fest Attendee

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

  • Thursday-Sunday 

  • Age: 16 and older

  • Pre-Reg Cost: $80

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

  • Day of Event Cost $

  • Bringing a car? (see Parking)


Weekend Kid/ Teen Dirt Fest Attendee

  • Thursday-Sunday

  • Age: 16 and under

  • Cost: Free 


Volunteer


Camping & Accommodations 

Weekend Group Camping at Air Strip 

This is where you become part of the Dirt Rag Nation. Super primitive grouped camping. This is field/woods camping. Sites will be chalked off into 20 feet wide x 60 feet deep lots that have woods off the back. Must have registered for a Weekend Event Pass to be eligible for camping.

  • Primitive Camping at the Air Strip (see map) literally a grassy airstrip. 

  • No trailers, box trucks, campers, pop-ups  are permitted.

  • There are no individual fires permitted unless in a chiminea, or other container. Communal fires will be maintained by event staff.

  • If you are fewer than five people and you can just camp at the "singles table."

 

Rates

Event pass and camping rates starting at $80 for the weekend

RVs - Pop Up Campers - Cabins 

Beaver Creek Camping Loop at Big Bear Camplands

  • 25 wooded RV sites located within a short ride to all the activities.

  • Rustic tent sites with fire ring and picnic table

  • Pull through full hook up sites with electric, sewage, and water hook up

  • Rustic Cabins 


Sounds more like your preferred way to camp?

Check out Beaver Creek Camping Loop - Reserve through Big Bear

Still part of the Big Bear Lake Camplands but individual RV sites with electric hookup. 

Just a short ride away. Nighttime shuttle


Hotels

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hazelton/Bruceton Mills 

Casteel Rd Bruceton Mills, WV

1-866-599-6674

Super 8 Morgantown 

Venture Dr Morgantown WV

1-855-799-6862




Parking & Shuttles

 

Parking

Coming in for the day

  • Parking is $10 for the entire weekend 
  • Your parking pass is valid from Friday through Sunday 
  • You can ride or shuttle the (roughly) 2 miles to the venue

Coming in for weekend

  • Parking is $10 for the entire weekend 
  • Campers pay for parking along with their camping registration
    • Camping with car: $50 ($30 Car Camping + $20 Camp Pass)
    • Camping without car: $20 
    • Camping with car parked remotely: $30 ($10-Car at remote lot+$20 Camp Pass)


Shuttles

Shuttles Run Daily Between Entrance Station/ Remote Parking and Air Strip on the half hour. 

People Only Shuttles run until 10:30pm

Bike Shuttles run until 7pm


Families Teens Kids 

Where to stay

If you have a family unit with younger kids we recommend staying at Beaver Creek - Reserve with Big Bear! (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 Big Bear Trail network surrounds the whole festival.


Family Friendly Biking Activities


  • Two Bike Movie Nights
  • Kids Zone w/ mini-features trail
  • Teen Rides
  • High School Mountain Bike League Info Session
  • Children and Teen Specific Demo Bikes


Other things to do?

  • Hit the Beach for a swim
  • Mini-Golf
  • Boating
  • Fishing- no license required
  • Tennis Courts
  • Game Room
  • Spacious Playgrounds 
  • Splash around at the onsite Bear Foot Springs water park
  • Morning Yoga Sessions at the beach
  • Paddleboard Demos


Prohibited Items

Just leave it at home!

  • Dogs, under no circumstances will dogs be permitted in the expo area or other event areas. Dogs in vehicles seeking entrance will be turned away.
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Beer Kegs
  • More than one case of beer per person
  • Glass Bottles 
  • Open Fires
  • Unlicensed vending
  • RVs, Trailers, and Pop-Ups - nothing that tows behind a vehicle will be permitted onsite at the airstrip camping area. Vendors/ Exhibitors can make arrangements in advance. (see Camping for more information)
  • Drones- Must register drone with event. Must carry drone operator insurance. Contact us for registration information.
  • Paper Lanterns
  • Generators
  • Non-licensed motorized vehicles (i.e. trikes/ fourwheelers/ dirt bikes)
  • Weapons - (i.e. swords, guns, bats, etc)


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Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia 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, July 12, 2019

 

11:00 a.m.

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

 

11:00 a.m.

Group Ride: Early Bird Ride

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 2 hours

 

1:00 p.m.

Expo Opens

 

Group Ride: Casual / Intermediate

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 2 hours

 

2:30 p.m.

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

3:00 p.m.

Fun: Pit Bike Rally

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

 

Group Ride: Women's ride

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 2 hours

 

Skills Clinic: Women’s Clinic

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

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 works best for terrains, tire pressure tips, and why going tubeless is beneficial. 
 

Skills Clinic: with TakeAim Cycling

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

4:00 p.m.

Fun: Kids Scavenger Hunt

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Kids ride  and scavenger hunt

 

4:30 p.m.

Fun: Yoga

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Bring your own mat

 

5:00 p.m.

Just for Fun: Pivot Weekend Kickoff

Meet at: Pivot Booth

Duration: 1 hour

 

6:00 p.m.

Fun: Raffle

Meet at: TDB

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Must be present to win!
 

Expo Closes - Demo Bikes Must Be Returned

 

7:00 p.m.

Music: TBD

Meet at: The Stage

Duration: 2 hours

 

9:00 p.m.

Group Ride: Party at the Pines Night Ride w/ The Happy Mutant CBD

Meet at: Ride Departure Tent

Duration: 2 hours

Notes: Casual Group Ride. BYO light or two.

 

10:00 p.m.

Movie Night: TBD

Meet at: Pavilion

Duration: 1 hour

 

11:00 p.m.

Quiet Hours on the Airstrip

 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

 

8:00 a.m.

Ride to the Pines Yoga & Meditation

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1.5 hour

Notes: Bring your mat. Take a shortcut ride out to the Pines and enjoy the beautiful views while doing morning yoga and meditation.

 

9:00 a.m.

Expo Opens

 

Group Ride: Out to the Pines to enjoy available coffee, snacks, and the view.

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! 

 

Group Ride: All Mountain Group Ride

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 2 hours

Notes: Ride to the lowest point of the trails and end at the bike shuttle stop

 

11:00 a.m.

Skills Clinic

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

Fun: Kids Scavenger Hunt

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Kids ride and scavenger hunt

 

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

 

12:00 p.m.

Just for Fun: Kids Slow Race

Meet at: The Stage

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Last one to not put their foot down wins. Max age 12.

 

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

 

1:00 p.m.

Skills Clinic

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

Group Ride: Maxxis presents the Ride of Attrition

Meet at: Maxxis booth

Duration: 3 hours

Notes: Long distance Intermediate to Advanced ride with bailouts.

 

2:00 p.m.

Group Ride: Spin and a Swim

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 2 hours

Notes: Group ride to Big Bear Lake Beach.

 

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

 

3:00 p.m.

Skills Clinic: Women’s Skills Clinic

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

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.

Yoga:

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Bring your mat.

 

5:00 p.m.

Education: TBD

Meet at: TBD

 

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: The Stage

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Must be present to win!

 

Expo Closes - Demo Bikes Must Be Returned

 

7:00 pm:

Music & Costume Party: TBD

Meet at: Stage

Duration: 2-3 hours

 

11:00 p.m.

Quiet Hours on the Airstrip

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

 

8:00 a.m.

Ride to the Pines Yoga & Meditation

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1.5 hour

Notes: Bring your mat. Take a shortcut ride out to the Pines and enjoy the beautiful views while doing morning yoga and meditation.

 

9:00 a.m.

Expo Opens

 

Fun: Kids 2x4 Challenge

Meet at: The Stage

Duration: 1 hour

Notes: Kids 10 and under are invited to try the 2x4 challenge. Ride across the 2x4s of different lengths. Whoever makes the distance will get a prize!

 

Group Ride: Dirt Rag Be Kind Rewind Ride

Meet at: The Big Top at Susquehannock site 7

Duration: 1-2 hours

 

9:30 a.m.

Group Ride: WV NICA Teen Group Ride

Meet at: WV NICA booth

Duration: 1 hour

 

Skills Clinic: TBD

Meet at: Skills Clinic Area

Duration: 1 hour

 

Group Ride: Women's Group Ride

Meet at: TBD

Duration: 1 hour

 

10:00 a.m.

Group Ride: TBD

Meet at: TBD

Duration:2 hours

 

3:00 p.m.

EXPO CLOSES

 

5:00 p.m.

Everybody goes home! Thank you for coming! Must depart Airstrip.

Food & 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 weekend. Gluten Free, Vegan, and natural options.

 

  • Doans Bones: Wood Fired Pizzas and BBQ no breakfast options.

  • Elegant Catering: Vegan and Vegetarian Options (working out their full menu) light breakfast options.

  • Orange County Roasters: Coffee both Iced and Regular and Breakfast Snacks (muffins, scones etc.)

  • Trailhead Coffee: Doing an on trail coffee stop with proceeds benefiting WVHSMBS

  • Nita' Burrito: Burrito's and Nachos (this is a new Doans Enterprise) with the ever-popular breakfast burrito

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

 

Ice - Firewood - Water

  • ICE: Bags of ice are available at the Big Bear Camplands General Store (approximately 3/4 a mile away.)

  • WATER: There is potable water onsite for free as well as bottled water for sale at the General Store.

  • Five-gallon jugs of water are also available for purchase for use at your campsite. 

  • Beer will be available for sale on site.

Fifty miles of rad rocks and punchy climbs 

If you're headed to Dirt Rag Dirt Fest West Virginia and expecting Allegrippis-like trails, think again. Home to the OG 24 hrs of Big Bear and now host to a bunch of smaller race events, this timeless riding location has only gotten better with age. New trails, new features, buffed-out lines, spectacular overlooks, and of course the infamous "Crack." 

 

With 50 miles to go around, there's plenty for everyone. Rocky enduro lines, long flowy fern lined downhills and punchy climbs that will keep you on your game. For Dirt Fest we'll have most of the trails run directional for the best flow and a beginner loop for those new to the sport. A moderately technical demo loop will allow attendees to experience the best of the trails on the best of bikes. 

 

Sounds like it's too good to be true? You'll just have to see for yourself.


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