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Outdoor Gear Builders To Host Festival Showcasing WNC Brands


Last updated 1/27/2020 at 3:48pm

Sylvan Sport, local manufacturer of outdoor recreation trailers in Brevard, will showcase some of their product line at the 2020 Outdoor Gear Builders Festival. (Courtesy Photo)

Outdoor Gear Builders (OGB), a Western North Carolina gear builders association is celebrating its seventh year in existence and will host its sixth annual Get in Gear Fest on March 21 at the Salvage Station in Asheville.

Since it was founded in 2013, Outdoor Gear Builders has grown to over 50 members and has been a force in the economic development of WNC by heightening the region's outdoor industry profile and being a large contributor to North Carolina's $28 billion outdoor recreation industry.

In just the past year, the organization became a 501c nonprofit and former OGB board chair and co-founder Amy Allison became the NC Outdoor Recreation Director.

In addition to the latest gear on display and on-site activities and demos like a climbing wall provided by Camp Cedar Cliff and fly-fishing demos with Rent This Rod, for the first time ever brands will be selling seconds, samples and demo gear at the event.

This is a great opportunity for attendees to snag great deals on local gear directly from the manufacturers.

The Get in Gear Fest will host a raffle for OGB member gear prizes throughout the day to raise money for Pisgah Conservancy, a key non-profit in Western North Carolina that is dedicated to the well being and betterment of the Pisgah Ranger District.

As one of the most visited national forests in the country, Pisgah National Forest is well loved in terms of participation but has long fallen short in terms of funding.

By donating proceeds from the raffle, the OGB is able to support this gem of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is not only a great area for testing out new gear but is also where they and many of their customers recreate with friends and families.

The OGB Get in Gear Fest is a free event that will be held at the Salvage Station along the banks of the French Broad River on March 21, 2020 from 12 – 5 p.m. Attendees can find more information at

Brands attending this year include but are not limited to: Alpine Towers, Astral, Bellyak, Big Weekend, Blue Ridge Chair Works, Blue Ridge Hiking Company, Blyss Running, Diamond Brand Gear, ENO, Fifth Element Camping, Industry Nine, Lightheart Gear, OGRE, Recover Brands, Rent This Rod, Rightline Gear, Rockgeist-Bikepack USA, Sport Hansa, Sylvan Sport, Tsuga and Tarpestry.


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