MOAB - Morganton Outdoor and Bike!

MOAB is a day for outdoor enthusiasts to come together to find gently used gear, learn a new skill, have some fun, learn about outdoor recreation in the region, and maybe win a prize!!!

There will be fun and exciting activities for children and adults sponsored by local outdoor agencies. Individuals, NICA Teams, and business can sell outdoor gear or donate the gear to the event.

All proceeds will support the Burke County Composite Middle School and High School Mountain Bike Race Team, the official Burke County team in the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League (NCICL). NCICL is a member to the National Interscholastic Cycling League (NICA).

Even if you don’t have any gear to swap, come out to enjoy the events, food, music, and fun in downtown Morganton!

Event Info

Saturday | Oct 13th 2018 | 10:00am Courthouse Square All Ages | Beginner

Gear Swap

  • All outdoor gear (hiking, biking, camping, snow sports, running, etc.) is welcome, but please no flea market items! Spaces are free for individuals, but businesses wanting to sell outdoor gear must register and pay vendor fee. This is a great way to reach your target audience! We encourage you to bring everything you need, that includes tent, table, and tarp. Please be prepared with cash/card options for the swap....and bring a lawn chair!

Rules for gear swap

  • Swapping is free for individuals
  • Businesses must register and pay vendor fee
  • Bring your own table and display structure
  • Set up in assigned area
  • Form information: name, company, phone number, email, type of merchandise

Paypal Link: paypal.me/burkebearcats


Can you give us a hand? Please email us at burkebearcats@gamail.com to volunteer! We multiple positions available and we do need your help!


Sale → 10 am to 3 pm

  • 10 Strider Bike Rally
  • 11:30 - 1:00 Skills Rodeo
  • 11:00 Jo Alberts from the Beanstalk Zipline
  • 1:30 Circle of Death: kids
  • 2:00 Circle of Death: Adults
  • 2:30 Raffle Drawing
  • 3:00 Thanks for coming!

Raffles: (Note: this list will GROW!)

  • Beanstalk Zipline Passes
  • Overmountain Cycles Gift Card
  • Zipline Passes from the Beanstalk Zipline
  • Lance Turner Designed Skateboard Deck from the Pop Shop
  • Gift Certificate from Overmountain Cycles
  • Gift Bag from Treat
  • 2 Rolled Ice Cream Desserts from Toasted and Rolled
  • Gift Certificate from the Grind Cafe
  • Gift Certificate from Headquarters Bike and Outdoor in Banner Elk
  • Art by local clay artist Debbie Van Ordstrand
  • T-shirt from Oak Hill Iron + Wood
  • T-shirt and baseball hat from the Morganton General Store
  • Books from Adventure Bound Books


Wait, so what is MOAB?

MOAB or Morganton Outdoor And Bike, is an Outdoor Gear Festival held in downtown Morganton, NC aimed to support and grow the outdoor community in Morganton. The festival is also fundraiser for the Burke BearCats mountain bike team, part of NICA (Nation Interscholastic Cycling Association), who's mission is to get more kids on bikes!

How do I sell or swap the gear I have?

MOAB is free for individuals. There will be a section for gear swapping. You will be required to bring your own tent/table or tarp to set up on. Volunteers will help guide where you can setup. We suggest you bring only items you really want to sell and be prepared to take cash or cards. Don't forget a lawn chair!

How much does it cost?

MOAB is free for individuals to attend. That includes swapping gear or just attending the event.

Vendors/businesses are required to register and pay a small fee.

I'm a business/vendor and want to have a booth...what do I need to do?

Please contact us! Spaces for vendors/business require registration and a small fee. Fees are $50 per vendor or $25 plus a raffle item worth roughly $25 too. Fees benefit the Burke BearCats and help keep the event free to the public.

Will there be food and drinks?

We are planning on having food and drinks at MOAB available for purchase. Local vendors are encouraged to register and have a space!

Are pets allowed?

We ask that you don't bring your beloved pet as the event will be crowded and could be overwhelming for them! Thank you for understanding.

How do the raffles work?

We will have A LOT of raffles at MOAB. Tickets will range from $1 to $2 (depending on the item) and all proceeds will benefit the Burke BearCats mountain bike team.

Yes, you will be required to be present for the drawing of the raffles! Raffle drawing is at 2:30pm

Who are the Burke BearCats?

We are a member of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and compete in the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League (NCICL). NCICL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to getting kids on bikes. Middle and high school students in Burke County and surrounding areas are invited to join the team. The all-volunteer coaching staff is stoked to help kids develop a love of life-long sports.

What is NCICL and NICA?

The North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League was organized in 2015 to provide a fun, safe and high quality mountain biking program for students in grades 6 to 12. With the cooperation of our partners and our sponsors, we are able to provide a competitive mountain bike racing experience. Regardless of ability level, the North Carolina League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes in accordance with NICA’s Five Core Principles: Inclusive, Equal, Strong Body, Strong Mind and Strong Character. In turn, North Carolina’s goal is to create life-long cyclists who are conscientious, responsible and empowered.

The North Carolina League is committed to teaching safe riding practices. We believe forming school teams is the best way for students to learn how to ride safely. To learn safe riding techniques or to learn how to teach these skills, join our next rider camp or coaches conference. For up to date news and info join our e-mail list, or send an e-mail directly to mike@northcarolinamtb.org and let us know how you’d like to get involved.

How do I get my kid registered to be on the Burke BearCats team?

Get in touch with us at burkebearcats@gmail.com and like our facebook page!

Riders must be between 6th - 12th grade, and school location does not matter as this is Burke County wide! Yes, homeschoolers are included too.

We want to thank all the businesses in Morganton that are sponsors to MOAB! We could not put on this event and have awesome raffles without their help!!

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