The Midwest Outdoor Experience was founded as GearFest in 2005 by principal Greg Brumitt with two goals; bring Dayton’s diverse yet siloed outdoor community together and create a place of extreme vibrancy where people could experience what a vibrant culture might feel like. Over its ten years, GearFest now the Midwest Outdoor Experience has evolved into a full weekend of outdoor experience that draws over 20,000 enthusiasts to celebrate Dayton’s outdoor community. Today the Midwest Outdoor Experience is an engine of excitement in the community and helps brand Dayton as an outdoor community of note.

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