VT Gear Makers Festival & Gravel Grinder

The Gear Makers Fest celebrates VT’s equipment & gear manufacturers. The fest includes a makers fair, gear repair clinic & gravel ride.

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Presented by Sterling College & Ranch Camp
With support from Dirt Church Brewing, Green Mountain Club, and Rasputitsa

Field Repair Kit Clinic – Free
15 participants w/ a waitlist

9:30am – 10:30am

Anna Dye, a Sterling College student, and Josh Bossin, Faculty member will be co-leading a field repair clinic with help of other Sterling Work Program students. Participants can expect to learn what to carry in a basic field gear repair kit and how to use those items. Participants will make a small stuff sack to become their field repair kit and leave with the kit complete and filled with starter repair goodies. Skills include: nylon patching, hand sewing, buckles, and more. Free of charge event.

Run What Ya Brung Gravel ride – $65.00
150+ participants / Proceeds to benefit Sterling College

9:00am – 1:00am

Join the Ranch Camp, Rasputitsa and the Dirt Church Brewing crews for a 32mi gravel ride out to Stowe’s fringe and beyond! 35 participants will be selected at random and receive $65 off 2023 Rasputitsa entry!

Riders will navigate a .gpx route out of the valley 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 from:

Return to Ranch Camp and the Backyard for an apres meal (included in ticket price) and the Makers Fair.

Gear Repair Station – Free
(unlimited participation)

11:00am – 5:00pm

Free gear repair services (open for length of event, first come first served, donations welcome). Visitors to the event can come to the repair booth with outdoor gear/clothing to be repaired for free. We will prioritize completing as many repairs as possible (only if time allows will larger/more complex repairs will be taken) All items must be clean! Common repair types we accept: Stuck or misaligned zippers, nylon with rips, puffy coat holes, broken backpack buckles and straps, seam failures. Some stoves, tents, snowshoes and other hard goods can be repaired on a case by case basis. We will not repair: Jeans, workwear, worn out knees, etc.

Gear Makers Festival
(free to the public)

11:00am – 5:00pm

Think farmers market meets Vermont gear makers! We’ve curated outdoor gear companies from around the state to host a booth at our maker’s fair. Come explore some of Vermont’s best products and meet the makers. Vendors include:

Dionne Snowshoes
Mola Hoods
SDR Clothing
Vermont Glove
Class Four Designs
Deliberate Designs
Kaden Apparel
Alpine Latitudes

And more to be announced… 

Are you a maker and want to attend? Drop us a line. 

Rasputitsa x Dirt Church “Rule #1” Beer Collab’ Launch
(unlimited participation)

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Unveiling, giveaways, prizes, music, and fun!

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