Mcgazzapalooza: Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Mar 12, 2016 at 13:45
by Lacy Kemp  

Hello, friends of Kelly near and far. On Saturday, March 19th is Mcgazzapalooza, a festival of all things Kelly, happening in Bellingham, Washington. Everyone is invited to join in on the festivities. Starting at 2pm, we'll pedal to the top of one of Bellingham's best trails with stunning views of the Puget Sound. It's a super fun downhill all the way back to the parking lot. Afterwards we'll reconvene for the real party at Kulshan Brewery for a night of Kelly's favorite music, never before seen Mcgazza footage, a silent auction and raffle of some amazing prizes, including a chance to bid on a full DH rig for the upcoming season.

Kelly Mcgarry

We know Kelly's main home was in New Zealand but he spent a ton of time in the Pacific Northwest from Seattle all the way up to Whistler. Bellingham is an easy, central location with world class riding and an incredible bike community that is excited to host Kelly's friends. Whether you met him once, knew him well, or only saw him in photos and video, Kelly's legacy is something that is worth passing on and we encourage and all to come celebrate. We're not looking to be somber; we're looking to laugh, remember, and push him forward in the best way possible.

We'll have a raffle that includes photos by some of biking's best photographers, frames from Evil Bikes and Transition Bikes, a rack from Yakima, parts from Gravity and even more goodies. There will be food, Kelly's favorite music, videos, and the opportunity to tell your most hilarious or awesome Mcgazza stories.

Prior to the party, we'll get together for a big ride on some of Bellingham's best trails. We will meet at the bottom of Fragrance Lake Road in the [L=https://www.google.com/maps/dir/48.6474724,-122.4865522/48.6474184,-122.4866531/@48.6475499,-122.4868882,16z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e2]Clayton Beach Parking[/L] lot to pedal to the top of Chuckanut Mountain and ride Double Black and Double Down. These trails are in the dark blue square area for technicality.

We encourage everyone to come in for the day and stay for the night. We'll help find couches and yards for you! Bring a sleeping bag, your bike, and your sense of humor. This is about fun, life, bikes, and Kelly.

For companies that would like to donate product for raffle please email or PM Lacy.

This is an open event, so please invite your friends!

Questions can be emailed to lacykemp@gmail.com. Kulshan is a 21+ establishement...sorry no minors. We're asking for a $5 suggested donation at the door. $1 from every pint will go towards the Kelly Mcgarry Memorial Trust. Come ready to let loose, listen to some great stories, and party in Kelly's honor. See you there!
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29 Comments

  • + 2
 @huck542 I'm so sorry about the no minors thing. I had a checklist of things for a venue and that was one of them. Unfortunately there was no perfect place but Kulshan is accommodating us in a major way. Laws can't be bent in this case. Hope we see you for the ride though!!
  • + 5
 What a great way to honor such a cool guy.
  • + 3
 Gravity Components will be have a full GRID Kit in the auction for Kelly! Come on out on Saturday and pass out a high five for the Big Man!
  • + 1
 Thanks for setting this up. Never met Kelly, but noticed him back in the years when he rode for Turner Bikes and was impressed with his outgoing and fun personality. Happy to help raise money for whatever would help his family or cause out. I'll be there.
  • + 2
 They need to let minors in, I've been looking forward to this so much but i cant go
  • + 1
 Sounds like you can still go to the ride. Thats what im going to do.
  • + 1
 That does sound sick, if only I had a car
  • + 1
 It's the Liquor Control Board that sets that rule. State office. Unfortunately there is no way to change that rule for age at the door. Otherwise I am for sure that Kulshan Breweries would allow it.
  • + 1
 Yeah crap. Apparently when you make an event on Facebook it defaults to private and you are unable to change it. Moral of the story: EVERYONE SHOULD COME PARTY!
  • + 1
 Google+ FTW Wink Kidding. See you there.
  • + 1
 Would love to get out there, any idea where ya'll are meeting? I'll be driving up from Issaquah area.
  • + 1
 @Uberbob102000 Check the FB invite - har har. @lacykemp Can you update this article? Forget Facebook.
  • + 1
 @lacykemp Awesome thanks Lacy!
  • + 1
 Nice event, I think there is the chuckanut 50k running race that day though!
  • + 1
 There is, but we shouldn't have a conflict. They should be gone by the time we get to the top. If they're not we'll take a quick lap on the ridge trail then head down.
  • + 2
 can't rsvp because the event is private...
  • + 1
 No need to RSVP. Just show up Smile
  • + 1
 So stoked, what a great rider. Can't wait to get together and hear some stories about him
  • + 1
 Mountain biking, beer, and supporting one of the greatest riders, count me in!
  • + 1
 What time at kulshan and which kulshan?
  • + 2
 Excellent questions. 7pm. K2 on Kentucky street. The link above should take you to the address.
  • + 1
 Wish I could go, would be great. Missing Kelly already!
  • + 1
 done and done! See ya'll there
  • + 1
 Damn, I'll be on Orcas. This sounds like a good time. Have fun everybody!
  • + 1
 Oh dang..
  • + 1
 Done ... short drive from TGMT
  • + 0
 There are two Kulshan breweries guys.. not the one on James st.
  • + 1
 [x] in.

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