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Sedonafest '11

Written by  Mike McCambridge
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SedonaFest 2011Sedonafest 2011 has come and gone!  The fifth annual event was the largest yet with 70 trucks and over 150 people in attendance.  Many thanks to our generous sponsors for backing another year of our famous raffle.  Over $2,000 was raised for the Every Kid Counts charity and the Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coalition.


Due to the threat of fire restrictions in the National Forest, the event was moved to August for 2011.  Temperatures were mild and despite a constant looming threat of rain, we escaped with only one brief storm.  The weekend was beautiful for simply being outside, camping and enjoying our public lands.  Many thanks to all in attendance for practicing TREAD LIGHTLY principles and being extra respectful of some muddy roads in the area.

Sedonafest 2011 included three new trail offerings - an Expedition Run, the Cinder Hills OHV Park, and the challenging Smiley Rock trail near Jerome AZ (which was hilariously completed by someone in a 1986 VW Syncro Van).  The Expedition Run covered dense pine forests and high desert landscapes, faint double track trails and mountain lakes on a 100-mile route through the lengthy maze of dirt passages East of Sedona. Cinder Hills OHV Park encompasses a series of volcanic craters in a dense pine forest with wide open black lava sand areas that put even the best suspension systems to the test during high speed runs.

 

The GPS Challenge put on by Expeditioneers was once again a fun adventure.  This year the trophy was taken by two brothers with minimal 4x4 experience in a totally stock FJ Cruiser - proof that strategy and efficiency are most important.  Congratulations also go out to Don (aka Wikid) for taking home the grand prize in the raffle, an ARB front bumper from Findlay Toyota of Flagstaff.

Thanks to all who attended and we hope to see you next year!  Check out sedonafest.com for more information or to contact the organizers.

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