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By: Tim Donaldson

Did you go to QuadFest 2008?

Did you go to QuadFest 2008? [Recap Video Size: 20.6 megs, Format: .WMV] From appearances, it looked as if everyone on the east coast and beyond may have been there. Well, that statement may be a little bit of an exaggeration, even though it is estimated that 1 in 30 people in Pennsylvania own an ATV and the state ranks 4th in nationwide ATV sales. Nonetheless, looking from an adjacent hill while there, the only thing visible was RVs, tents, trailers, and folks on their ATVs–a testament of the growing and continued success of QuadFest.

So what exactly makes the yearly QuadFest such a popular event, even with the cost of soaring gas prices? First of all, this ATV extravaganza is packed with activities that ATVers love. There are awesome trails, ATV pulls, drag races, mud bogs, obstacle courses, kids’ parades, motocross tracks, wheelie contests, and vendors everywhere selling food and merchandise. Still not impressed? Can-Am and Yamaha–headline and feature sponsor, respectively–bring semi loads of products for attendees to test. Yamaha showcased the Rhino side by side and Can-Am represented with models from their ATV product line. No wonder it is called QuadFest!

Nicole Hill (6 years old) enjoyed riding her Kawasaki 50cc at QuadFest.
Nicole Hill (6 years old) enjoyed riding her Kawasaki 50cc at QuadFest.
Beautiful sunset to end the fun filled day of riding.
Beautiful sunset to end the fun filled day of riding.

First, let’s talk about the trails. QuadFest has been held for the past several years at Mountain Ridge Trails Resort, located near Central City, Pennsylvania. As a worthy venue for such a large event, the trails were clearly marked for difficulty and one-way traffic flow. As trail difficulty increased, the terrain became rockier and more challenging. A nice feature to this year’s QuadFest was the family-rated trail, designed to be easy and inviting for the entire family. It’s always great to see the whole family out on the trails having fun!

Speaking of families, QuadFest featured special events and activities for the younger riders. Each evening included an ATV parade just for kids which allowed them to ride the area in a follow-the-leader fashioned journey. There was even a kid-sized motocross track, keeping them out of the way of the big dogs. With that theme in mind, Jill Patterson, spokesperson for QuadFest noted, “Look for a bigger and better event in 2009 with a family-friendly approach.” QuadFest  is the summer ATVing event for everyone in the family!

Hi all you ATV fans! Can-Am offered demo rides all weekend long.
Can-Am offered demo rides all weekend long. 

QuadFest even brought in some of the sport’s familiar celebrities. Brian Fisher of Fisher’s ATV and Mike Penland, Can-Am’s factory rider, were nearby greeting and signing autographs for fans. We want to give a special thank-you to Mike Penland for taking time out of his busy day to take us on a tour of the grounds on his two-up Can-Am, giving us a little taste of what it takes to be an 11-time GNCC National Champion. Let me just say this guy is fast! We had a great time, and Mike has a first-class, genuinely nice personality. Thanks, again, Mike!

As over 5,500 riders attended QuadFest in 2008, the event is known for supporting local clubs and organizations. Over $75,000 was reinvested in the local economy. Some of the benefactors included Westco 4-Wheel Drive Club, Haunted Riders of Tri County, Flight 93 Memorial Fund, Central Pennsylvania ATV, Joni and Friends Wheelchair ministries, Straight Jacket Racing, Westmoreland ATV Rescue, Divorce Care for Kids, Ghostriders, Stoystown Fire Department, Somerset 4H Exchange Club, and Mountain Campers.

Yamaha brought a slew of Rhinos to give QuadFest attendees a taste of the beast.
Yamaha brought a slew of Rhinos to give QuadFest attendees a taste of the beast.
Mud Bog
If mud was your taste, the mud bogs competition was a sure bet!

So it’s easy to see what makes QuadFest a growing and popular event. Next year promises to be more and better! The 2009 event will be held the 3rd week in July on the 16th-19th at the Mountain Ridge Trails Resort. Jill Patterson stated, “We appreciate everyone who participated, whether they were a sponsor, vendor, or participant. We all hope to see you at the 2009 QuadFest, if you didn’t make it this year!”

Groups like PaAtving make it possible for ATV riding areas to open and events such as the QuadFest to take place. Further information about QuadFest and PaAtving can be obtained at and

ATV Pulls
ATV Pulls had many wanting more traction from their ATVs.
ATV Wheelie Contest
The wheelie contest had some great displays of, "I can do that."

As mentioned, QuadFest 2009 will, again, be held at “The Mountain” which is open year-round for public riding. Visit for more information.

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