Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or novice, this event is the perfect way to add some adventure to your weekend.
In its 10th year, the two-day Midwest Outdoor Experience held at Eastwood MetroPark, is the largest outdoor adventure event in the region. The Midwest Outdoor Experience is a weekend of fun for the whole family — including the dog — that includes over 25 experience areas to try, professional demos, competitions, gear and club exhibitors, live music, food, beer and free camping.
Here are three things to know about the Midwest Outdoor Experience before you go from Five Rivers MetroParks outdoor recreation coordinator Lucy Sanchez:
Is it only for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts?
The event meets people at all levels of outdoor enthusiasm.
By offering free training and equipment in 25 different activity areas, the event is ideal for the would-be outdoor recreationist who is trying an activity for the first time, to an outdoor intermediate looking to make connections with clubs and outdoor retailers, and is a reunion and celebration of the outdoors for seasoned outdoor veterans. It’s suitable for the cross-over individual who is an experienced backpacker and now wants to do kayak camping. Even our competitions range from family and dog friendly — like the Runners Plus Ruff Run — to hardcore, like the State Championship 12-Hour Endurance Race or Disc Golf Pro/Am Tourney. Even the outdoor naysayer in your group will enjoy the festival atmosphere of food vendors, beer garden, live bands and professional demos.
What’s on the must-try list?
A must is going for a paddle in a kayak, then jumping off the water and on to the Mad River Mountain tubing area. Nothing like water and ice in the same day. Grab a mountain bike and go for a ride, catch the DK Bikes BMX stunt show and test your balance on a slackline.
What’s new this year?
Try out bikes and scooters on a portable pumptrack. Participants can get the perfect fit with the Atmos Backpack Fit Station in the Osprey Backcountry Zone supported by Great Miami Outfitters while chilling in a hammock or building their own custom Princeton Tec headlamp. Slackers are back, but this year professionals will be dueling off during set demo times as well as high-lining across the lagoon. For chilling out there will be social campfires throughout the festival, as well as free breakfast provided by True Heights for those staying in the campground. National manufacturer Jackson Kayak will bring professionals to throw down stunts in the Mad River Run and showcase fly-fishing demos in the Paddlesports Zone. Subaru Buckeye Dock Dogs will not only have the fan favorite long-distance dog jumps but also will also have speed-retrieve and extreme vertical competitions. Additionally, participants will have a chance to win prizes in the Great Miami Outfitters Great Gear Giveaway.
A LIST OF WHAT TO TRY
- Bouldering, disc golf, fishing
- Fitness programs, geocaching, cycling
- Inline skating, orienteering, slacklining
- Snow tubing, ziplining, stand-up paddleboarding
- Mountain biking, camping, children’s activities
A LIST OF WHAT TO WATCH
- Freestyle kayakers on Mad River Run
- Jeff Lenosky Bike Trials
- Slackers Slackline Duels
- DK Bike Team
- Buckeye Dock Dogs
Want to go?
What: Midwest Outdoor Experience
When: 6-10 p.m. (plus overnight camping) Friday, Oct. 2; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 3
Where: Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton
Cost: Admission and parking are free.
More info: Website