Madison County Gravity Festival


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.

The first group raced down to just before the hard left. The second group raced to the hairpins. I was in the second group, and got off second. I flew by the lead racer, but the bucket was completely full. The water was being sucked out of the bucket, and my shield was covered. I was unable to find my teammate in a timely manner, and we got blocked by someone else by the time we transferred the bucket.

Rookie and amateur luge was run next.

So far the race was amazing. They had people running up

And its not even lunch time.

They cooked up hamburgers and hot dogs.

After lunch we ran the pro buttboard race.

GSI runs its racing in four heats. You get one point for first, and four points for fourth. After four heats, there is a run off in the event of ties. But Madison County wanted to do something a bit different, they wanted a final. So after the runoff, the top four places got to raise in the final, for the podium. The worst I did in all of my heats, including the final was third!

Immediately after the final, we were brought to a ramada near the campsite

Not that I am complaining, but the cards are large, and there were so many of them, they will be hard to frame.

After autographing photos and tshirts, the awards for today's races were handed out.

Rookie Luge:

Amateur Luge:

Pro Buttboard:

Deadn, Hodkinson, McBride


Bucket Brigade:

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.

Since I wasn't involved in a race off, I rode down the mountain to watch the finals.

Hod won his first racer, and was very ecstatic.

The Gravity Bikes and Dirt Surfers raced next.

There were nine of us in the race. The race was supposed to be a multi heat GP format race. As it was fairly late, we decided to run one, winner take all, race. We also decided to get everyone on the line at once. Not that it mattered much, but I was lucky to take the "pole position". The only advantage was I had no one to my right. We also decided to run the race with an unlimited push. I voted this way because I knew I might miss a push, as the person next to me, was literally next to me. His board was inches from mine. It managed to get to the second turn in second place, but Hodkinson hit the turn perfectly, and I was never able to catch him.

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.

Amateur Buttboard:

Dirt Surfers:

Graivty Bikes:

Orta, Whalen,


Street Luge:

Hodkinson, Swartz, Hicks

Sunday Mass:

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.

Fred Kiehn of 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!