Stowe, VT – Sterling College and Ranch Camp issued a press release this week announcing the inaugural Vermont Gear Makers Festival and Gravel Grinder Bike Ride.

The groups are inviting outdoor enthusiasts of all types to the Vermont Gear Maker’s Festival on Sunday, April 24th. The day-long event celebrates outdoor creativity and activity in Vermont. The festival will be held at Ranch Camp, Vermont’s mountain bike base lodge, featuring a full-service bike shop, casual restaurant, bar, and patio in Stowe.

32-Mile “Run What Ya Brung” Gravel Bike Ride:

Join the Ranch Camp, Rasputitsa and the Dirt Church Brewing crews in the Run What Ya Brung Gravel Ride. This 32-mile route will take you out to Stowe’s fringe and into the mountains on a series of dirt roads, double track and even some select singletrack. Stop, snack and imbibe at the Dirt Church aid station with a stellar lineup of local food and beverage products before returning to the Fest for lunch and the Makers Fair. The entry fee of $65 will benefit Sterling College and 35 ride participants will be randomly selected to get $65 off their 2023 Rasputitsa entry. The ride begins at 9:00 AM

Free Field Repair Kit Clinic:

At 9:30 AM, attend the Field Repair Kit Clinic, taught by Sterling College’s outdoor education program faculty and students. Participants can expect to learn what to carry in a basic field repair kit and how to use the items. Participants will create their own field repair kits during the clinic and learn about nylon patching, hand sewing, buckle repair and more. The clinic is partially sponsored by the Green Mountain Club and free for participants. Advance registration is required for the limited number of spots in the clinic.

Free Gear Repair Station:

From 11 AM – 5 PM, Sterling College outdoor education students and faculty will offer free outdoor gear and clothing repairs. Bring your nylon/puffy coats with rips, outdoor items with stuck or misaligned zippers, broken backpack buckles and straps, and items with failed seams to be repaired. (No jeans, workwear or worn-out knees, please.) Some stoves, tents, snowshoes and other hard goods can be repaired on a case by case basis. Repairs will be made on a first come, first served basis. Donations are welcome.

Free Gear Maker’s Fair and Expo:

Companies who make outdoor gear in the state of Vermont will be exhibiting at the Festival from 11 AM – 5 PM. Meet the makers of some of the country’s most sought-after products and even buy some items straight from the source! Admission is free.

Rasputitsa x Dirt Church Beer Launch Party

Stick around for the unveiling of a new brew from East Haven Vermont’s Dirt Church Brewing and celebrate with food, friends, music, prizes and giveaways from 3 PM – 6 PM. The new beer, named “Rule #1” celebrates Vermont’s famed Rasputitsa, the homegrown cycling challenge in the Northeast Kingdom that embraces the unknown, all bikes and all people. Admission is free.

The Festival will be held in the backyard at Ranch Camp, 395 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT. Admission to the Gear Repair Station, Gear Maker’s Fair and Expo is free. Register online for the Gear Repair Clinic and the Gravel Grinder ride at https://tinyurl.com/gearfestvt.

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