There is a large amount of room to camp out at the dunes, and there is also lodging
available around Winchester Bay, Oregon.
Concerts and prize giveaways occur all throughout the DuneFest event. In the evenings, artists like the Jimmy Bobby Band performed.
You don’t have to own a drag-racing-specific machine to go out and compete in the
sand drag races at DuneFest. The paper-plate number plate is a nice touch.
vendors offered great ride-recovery
eats. Major industry vendors’ booths
were fully stocked. Polaris of Portland
was on hand with 2017 Polaris models
to demo. A semi-truck from factory
Yamaha even rolled in and unloaded
a fleet of 2017 YXZ1000Rs and the new
YXZ1000R Sport Shifts to test drive on
the demo track. There was a waiting
line to get behind the wheel of one of
these toys, but it was worth the wait!
On the final day of DuneFest, the
Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber
of Commerce, the organizer of
DuneFest, held a fantastic charity
auction to raise funds for the community’s local food bank, Habitat for
Humanity, and other charitable organizations. Generous DuneFest sponsors and vendors donated products
and services to be sold to the highest
bidder at the auction. Can-Am even
donated a 2016 570L ATV that was
auctioned off. Thanks to the spirited
bidding by the crowd, this year’s auction raised a sweet $21,150 for charities in the small coastal community.
Not only is DuneFest one of the
most fun events you’ll ever attend, but
it’s thoughtfully organized as well.
Bulldozers were on hand to tow your
rig into and off of the sand dunes to
your campsite if you couldn’t pull it or
got stuck trying. Portable hot showers
were available 24/7. A well-equipped
rescue team, medical facility and
helipad were set up to assure good
times and the safety of everyone. On
closing day a local towing company
even provided an “air-up” station for
attendees leaving the beach.
DuneFest 2017 is scheduled for
July 26–30. Campsites and off-dune
sites generally sell out quickly, so
book early. For information, go to
In the afternoons and evenings of
DuneFest 2016, you could find ATVs and
dirt bikes flying high in the sky during
the WGAS freestyle shows.