Madison County Gravity Festival
Munnsville, New York
About an half hour or so east of Syracuse lies the village of Munnsville which is part of the Town of Stockbridge. The town is in a valley amongst rolling hills. There is one traffic light and the Legion's hall, and a manufacturer of lawn mowers.
The course comes down out of the hills and heads toward the Village of Munnsville. The course starts amongst corn fields with a long straight leading to a right hand bend. The course picks up speed in another straight before a hard right. The road has a few slight bends, but nothing that requires breaking, although the yellow line down the center can give you wobbles as you cross it. Speeds approach 65 mph before the new pavement ends and the right hand hairpin begins, followed immediately by a left hand hair pin. The finish line is just a tad after the s turns. The course, up to the hairpin, was freshly paved. Apparently someone convinced the State to pave the county road!
Saturday, July 30
As I headed up the hill, the pit area was at the top, I passed a street cleaner coming down.
After the parade lap, we ran the bucket brigade. A team of three people race to the bottom relay style. Each person carries a bucket to the next person.
Rookie and amateur luge was run next.
So far the race was amazing. They had people running up
They cooked up hamburgers and hot dogs.
After lunch we ran the pro buttboard race.
Immediately after the final, we were brought to a ramada near the campsite
After autographing photos and tshirts, the awards for today's races were handed out.
After the awards ceremony it was time to cleaned up for dinner. I heard that a shuttle bus was provided to take people staying at the campground to the local school to shower. The Legions
Sunday, July 31
The Gravity Fest is held in conjunction with a local fair.
We had a riders meeting at 8AM sharp, well more like 8:15.
Standup started the races off. Amateur buttboard
At the morning meeting we were asked to order our lunch, if we wanted. It was fairly cheap. Lunch was delivered.
After lunch, we did another parade run.
Despite all the injuries, everyone raced. Beagle on a broken thumb, Eisenberg on injured ligaments, and Dean on a bruised heel.
Hod won his first racer, and was very ecstatic.
The Gravity Bikes and Dirt Surfers raced next.
After the last race, we went back up to the hill to get ready for the awards ceremony. Most everyone packed up.
Back down at the ramada, we signed autographs for a while.
Sunday Mass is supposed to be a winner take all, but prizes were donated. The last few racers received a hat or a tshirt. HAE donated buttboard decks for second to fourth, and Abec-11 donated a complete buttboard to first.
The mayor of the town thanked us for coming, and invited us back.Crash Corner won the raffle, but he donated the other half to the paramedics as well!
The Legions and the town of Munnsville did an excellent job of putting a race on. The photo cards was a very nice touch, and it was great to see everyone asking for autographs. Beagle broke his thumb, but while the other injuries appeared severe, they weren't. The road is a very high speed course, with a couple of dangerous corners. Crash Corner lived up to its name, and plenty of people wrecked there, but I don't think anyone got hurt in that corner. The towns people were very appreciative of us, and cheered us on every time we went by. After the race was over, I drove up to get a picture. There was still a few people sitting in the stands, drinking a beer, and they cheered me as I drove by!