For 20 years Jim Thorpe was host to Mountain Bike Weekend, one of the country’s premiere bike festivals. MBW was put on by Dave Bucher and a host of volunteers. The event was held at Mauch Chunk Lake Park on Father’s Day weekend and was a mainstay of the east coast scene. Many groups of friends camped and rode together each year, sometimes for decades. Each year Dave organized live entertainment, trials demos, vendor areas, wildlife demonstrations, and great group rides. From small beginnings the event grew to attract thousands. 2005 was the 20th, and final, MBW. After years of strained relations with the park management, over issues like the time of year the event was held, Dave decided it was time to let the event go. In 2006 the park held their own event in the fall and attracted 11 attendees. There has been repeated interest in reviving this event, anyone with event organizing experience who is interested should contact me.
Some great pictures of the last event are posted here: http://www.soeast.com/MBW%2005%20Pic%20Gallery.html