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Old 2010-08-12, 01:59 AM   #31
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Hello Ben,

I am sorry that MUni fest costs more this year than last year. Our goal is to simply break even at the end of the weekend. Last year we lost money. Additional money was needed this year to cover event registration with Pisgah National Forest and to purchase insurance. You can expect the same as last year as far as the event goes. Camping is not included in the event registration.

We've added an easier way to make your payment using PayPal on our website for your convenience.

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I went to register and had some sticker shock!

Why so much for registration?

Does it include camping?
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Old 2010-08-12, 07:36 PM   #32
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Hey Ben, maybe the festival could be less formal, more like a group of riders getting together to hang out, camp, ride, etc...

I've organized more than a few such events, and with such a small group, paying for insurance is going to be prohibitive because the cost is spread out among fewer riders.

If we were to simply pick a date and we all showed up, paid for our own camp sites, brought our own food, and used a white elephant gift exchange for the "race", there would be no reason to even tell the campground of forest service that we're doing anything out of the norm.

All I'm saying is that $75 is more than most people can afford, esp considering we're all traveling a long ways and already paying for gas, lodging, etc...

Just something to think about.

It looks like I'll be able to make the ride along with my wife (Karen), but all the kids have to play at the football game on Friday night.

Another thing to consider is having the event when school is out, say in mid June. I know a number of kids, mine included, as well as some teachers, who can't attend a festival in September. You might get better turn out from afar.

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Old 2010-08-13, 01:55 AM   #33
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Thanks for the input Ben. You have brought up great suggestions that I'll be sure to bring to the next committee meeting. I'm really glad that you'll be able to make it to the festival this year. Can't wait to ride with you!

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Hey Ben, maybe the festival could be less formal, more like a group of riders getting together to hang out, camp, ride, etc...

I've organized more than a few such events, and with such a small group, paying for insurance is going to be prohibitive because the cost is spread out among fewer riders.

If we were to simply pick a date and we all showed up, paid for our own camp sites, brought our own food, and used a white elephant gift exchange for the "race", there would be no reason to even tell the campground of forest service that we're doing anything out of the norm.

All I'm saying is that $75 is more than most people can afford, esp considering we're all traveling a long ways and already paying for gas, lodging, etc...

Just something to think about.

It looks like I'll be able to make the ride along with my wife (Karen), but all the kids have to play at the football game on Friday night.

Another thing to consider is having the event when school is out, say in mid June. I know a number of kids, mine included, as well as some teachers, who can't attend a festival in September. You might get better turn out from afar.

See you there!

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Old 2010-08-22, 06:06 PM   #34
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I'll be there!

Wasn't sure until recently what I'd be doing this fall but I got a paid research position here at U of L so I'm pumped to come ride with everyone again, and defend my title!
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Old 2010-08-25, 02:12 AM   #35
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Can't wait to see you Ben!!!!! I'm really glad to hear you're going to make it.

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Old 2010-08-25, 02:24 AM   #36
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Important changes!!!!!!!

HELLO EVERYONE!

After considerable debate, the organizers of Asheville MUni Fest have decided to change the location of the festival. The change was made due to permit usage issues in the Bent Creek Area. This means two things for you.

1. We have reserved a group campsite for everyone! YEAH! Your registration fee now covers this cost. It means you have to spend less money - and you don't need to worry about making campsite reservations. The group site is called COVE CREEK GROUP CAMPSITE #2 and is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville.

2. The campsite is very large and can hold approximately 150 people and 15 vehicles. There is a short hike to get to the campground and the campground is for tents only. If you wish to bring an RV you might consider making reservations at the DAVIDSON RIVER CAMPGROUND.

We are very excited about the new location as there are many great trails in this area to ride! The possibilities are endless. . .
Please send questions if you have any!

CHEERS!
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Old 2010-08-29, 06:33 PM   #37
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Ben,

I am very excited about the new location. That is a fantastic area to ride, camp, and hike. I'm looking forward to this event.

I'm looking forward to filming the race and the rides afterwards. I will be bringing five head cams with helmet mounts, chest mounts, and a camera boom. Everyone is welcome to test these head cams.

We should be able to put together a pretty exciting video.

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Old 2010-08-31, 10:26 AM   #38
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Ben,

I am very excited about the new location. That is a fantastic area to ride, camp, and hike. I'm looking forward to this event.

I'm looking forward to filming the race and the rides afterwards. I will be bringing five head cams with helmet mounts, chest mounts, and a camera boom. Everyone is welcome to test these head cams.

We should be able to put together a pretty exciting video.

Josh
Sounds like fun, Josh. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to meeting everyone. How many people are you expecting, Ben?
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Old 2010-08-31, 02:56 PM   #39
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Regrets,

Sorry I won't be able to attend this year after all. All the best, I wish you a rain free event this year! Hopefully I'll be able to attend next year. Drop me a line if any of you guys ever plan on riding in my range (Chattanooga, North Georgia, Birmingham, Huntsville, etc...).
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Old 2010-09-02, 11:51 PM   #40
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Hello

We expect about 30 riders. We are still pretty small - spread the word!

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Sounds like fun, Josh. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to meeting everyone. How many people are you expecting, Ben?
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Old 2010-09-03, 12:44 AM   #41
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Hey MuniSano - Can you just make up your mind

We'll miss you! Hope to see you in 2011!
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Regrets,

Sorry I won't be able to attend this year after all. All the best, I wish you a rain free event this year! Hopefully I'll be able to attend next year. Drop me a line if any of you guys ever plan on riding in my range (Chattanooga, North Georgia, Birmingham, Huntsville, etc...).
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Old 2010-09-03, 12:51 AM   #42
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Sorry I won't be able to attend this year after all.
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Hey MuniSano - Can you just make up your mind
Well yeah, Ben, but he's allowed one more flip-flop before he has to settle down with the decision... right?

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Old 2010-09-03, 01:03 PM   #43
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No flip flop this time. I have other, unavoidable plans. Sorry. You guys have fun and hopefully you'll all have much better weather this time right?
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Old 2010-09-04, 01:30 AM   #44
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The weather is going to be awesome this year! There is a high of 74 tomorrow. PERFECT riding conditions.

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No flip flop this time. I have other, unavoidable plans. Sorry. You guys have fun and hopefully you'll all have much better weather this time right?
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Old 2010-09-05, 11:41 PM   #45
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Hey Guys,

I have a couple of questions:


Now that check in is at 3:00, when and where is the first ride?

Where is the ride on Saturday? Is it from the campground or are we going to the same place as last year?

Is anyone up for Heart Break Ridge "the trail we did last year" Sunday morning and then Kitsuma that afternoon?

What are you planning to do in terms of showering? Should I just bring a solar shower?


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