Rocky Knob Fall Fest Review

Rocky Knob Fall Festival

Words by Bill Splawn and John Brundick

Photos by Sara Beeken

131011_SLB0002 On October 11 and 12, Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park hosted its annual fall festival.  The festival consisted of a pump track jam on Friday night, where riders were challenged physically and mentally by the series of competitions hosted.  About 130 riders and spectators attended the event. The riders competed in, the longest manual, best trick, best style and Jr. shredders.  All competitions were very laid back and for fun.  Red Bull appeared at the event,and brought a long their signature DJ booth and played smooth jams all night.

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Saturday morning was a whole different setting with Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. Twenty-Four youngsters showed up with their bikes in hand, ready to learn necessary skills to ride the pump track and trails at Rocky Knob.  The Boone Area Cyclists held a skills clinic to educate the kids on pump track safety and showed them how to have fun while riding.  By the end of the day, there was a noticeable improvement in the kid’s riding abilities.

In addition to the Kid’s event, Magic Cycles provided an impressive demo fleet of Santa Cruz Bicycles for all visitors to take to the trails with some of the nicest bikes on the market. Group rides were provided with instruction from the Appalachian State Cycling Team, many of whom showed us their impressive skills at the Pump-Track Jam the night before.

               To close the full weekend of festivities, the ASU Recreation Management Program Planning group coordinated a full luncheon and raffle to raise money for the improvement of Rocky Knob Park. The BBQ lunch came loaded with Bandana’s coleslaw, Stick Boy Cookies, Jimmy John’s sandwiches, Black Cat burritos, and a variety of items courtesy of local grocery stores including Earth Fare, Ingles, Harris Teeter and Lowe’s Foods. The lunch raised $250 for the pump track and ASU Recreation Management Program’s Scholarship.

We would like to give a thanks to all of the sponsors who helped contribute to the event: Bald Guy Brew, Tsuga, Mountain Khakis, Bell, Giro, Yakima, Spy Optics, Black Cat, Ingles, Lowes Food, Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, Jimmy Johns, Stick Boy, Specialized Bikes, Roachel Laney (BBQ), ASU Recreation Management, Boone Area Cyclists, Magic Cycles, International Mountain Biking Association, Red Bull, Bandanna’s BBQ, Beech Mountain Resort.  Rocky Knob would also like to give a special thanks to Appalachian Mountain Brewery who raised $350 for the pump track.

Rocky Knob Fall Fest Update

The weather is looking amazing for Fall Fest at Rocky Knob.

The Fest starts Friday evening at 5:00 with a Pump Track Celebration. We’ll have light food, coffee from Bald Guy, music, and informal fun events. Afterwards, head over to Appalachian Mountain Brewery for Port-O-Pie Pizza. They will donate a portion of sales to the Pump Track (5:30 to 10:00).

On Saturday we’ll kick of the morning at 9:00 with Take A Kid Mountain Bike Day and Stick Boy treats and Bald Guy Coffee. Bring the kids with their bikes for some fun riding. Santa Cruz Bikes will be on hand with their demo tour as well. Check out their new 27.5 trail bikes. We’ll have BBQ at lunch ($7 for plate a raffle ticket) Raffle prizes include a Double Down rack from Yakima, Bell’s (fantastic) Super helmet, goods from Tsuga, special Bald Guy Rocky Knob Roast, Mountain Khakis, stuff from Vans, and Spy. Extend the goodness of the day with Appalachian Mountain Brewery. On Saturday night they’ll will have Burnin Wood BBQ here with bbq ribs, and kabobs. Food will benefit the pumptrack (5:00-10:00pm).