Best Bike Fests: Brown County Breakdown

Jun 17, 2013
Outside Magazine
Brown County Breakdown mountain bike festival

   Photo: Courtesy of Brown County Breakdo

What it is: Bluegrass and Biking in the heart of Indiana. Brown County is the site of the annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival, the oldest continuously running bluegrass festival in the world. It’s doubly famous because before Jerry Garcia and the Dead were legendary, Garcia made a pilgrimage to the festival to see Bill Monroe Play. He described it as “plumbing the depths of the yee-haw factor.” Riders created this festival as homage to Monroe and a tune he played called Brown Country Breakdown. And, they created it to remind all that there are multiple ways to plumb the depths of the yee-haw factor.

The Skinny: Live bluegrass music every night, and rides up to 100 miles. The festival is the only time that riders can multiple link trail networks usually separated by private land. Event registration gets you a t-shirt, bluegrass all weekend long, sag support, beer tasking, a pig roast, and access to State Park camping that’s usually off limits.

Details: $100, September 27-29, 2013.

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