Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Ranger event scheduled for June 14, 2020 was cancelled.
However, the spirit of the Ranger carried on through a virtual event called “Backyard Dirt” organized by event coordinator and former AVC board member Alex Buskey.
On Sunday June 14th, over 280 people participated in The Ranger’s virtual event named “Backyard Dirt” to indicate riding one’s own favorite place. In total over 10,000 miles were logged by riders all around the country and even internationally! Riders from cities as large as Miami and towns as small as Tunbridge all took part in riding from their front doors in search of dirt. Each participant was challenged to find a section of dirt from their homes and pause to reflect on how they have turned to these special places during tough times in the past and think of how they will turn to them in this time of growth as a society.
We received moving messages and images from people who used this day to get outdoors and appreciate the places where we ride. Below are a handful of examples –
Notes and pictures from the second annual Ranger Gravel-Enduro event, June 10th, 2018
After the ride, riders, community members and anyone wanting to join were invited to our ‘Party In The Pasture” celebration. Local bands, Haywire, and Sensible Shoes kept the vibe light and fun while our friends at NOFA-VT, Farmers & Foragers and Kiss The Cow Farm served up some delicious eats. Our 1987 Ford Falcon photo booth, equipped with costumes, and Cow Pie Bingo kept folks entertained and of course we can’t forget the beer…
“It was inspiring to see so many community members and visitors coming together to lend a hand and have a good time!”
We are so lucky to have the good people at Brocklebank Craft Brewing and Upper Pass Beer Co. in our communities. We are lucky to have such incredible beer right in our backyard (Tunbridge is known as the town with the most breweries per capita if you did not know). We also have two breweries that care so much for where they live. The Alliance for Vermont Communities has stuck to the phrase ‘Together We Can’ since the very beginning. The message stems from our work to prevent one man’s dream to bring an out of scale development into these 4 towns, but it has begun to take on much more meaning for our organization and our communities. Brocklebank and Upper Pass took this message to a new level and literally brewed a beer together ‘Together We Can.’ The resulting ‘Vermont Summer Ale’ rightfully coined ‘Together We Can’ was released at the event. A friendly reminder of not only the current threat to all rural Vermont communities but also what incredible things we can do together.
Both Breweries decided to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Alliance for Vermont Communities and we are so thankful for them and what they have done for their communities and beyond.
This was an incredible event and one we hope to continue every year! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this happen.