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by Ryan Thibault

"TOGA, TOGA, TOGA!!!"

It is official. On Highland's closing day, November 12th 2011, we tore the flippin' roof off lodge! 

The Cop Outs kept the party going strong.

Plenty of post ride beverages for everyone...

The Highland crew outdid themselves again with the most uproarious S'ender Bash ever. The lodge was packed and punk rock blared through the p.a. system. Hands went up, beers went down, and the entire crowd rocked for several hours.

Hands up! It's S'Ender Bash time.

Grab a brew. Don't cost nothin'.

This year's Bash was a theme party revolving around the movie Animal House, replete with laurel wreaths and togas, "College" sweatshirts, and theme songs.  Maybe it was the outfits, maybe it was the thrilling videos in the contest, but the crowd took on a crazed pitch.   

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The Vital MTB video contest kicked the evening off with a screening of the top five clips as voted on by you the public. This year the competition was stiff and over 50 entries were submitted. Deafening cheers shook the house as Highland's toga clad owner Mark Hayes handed out prizes, including $500 to first place winner Sam Oakes for his film Joe Young - Time for a Change.

The crowd gathered for the video contest and awards.
Highland's own Mark Hayes hosting the show.
Final Results:
1st - Joe Young -Time for a Change - 179 votes
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2nd - Day Late Dollar Short - 173 votes
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Clint McMahon nabbed a set of Mavic wheels.

3rd - Push To Turn - 167 votes
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The ExiTwelve crew was rewarded with goodies from GoPro.

4th - GR's Kickstart My Heart - 112 votes
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People's champ Geaorge Ryan went home with some SkullCandy headgear. Fitting for his rock star lifestyle!

5th - Skyline Media Summer Showreel 2011 - 81 votes
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George Ryan took home the unofficial award of crowd favorite. After his warm reception George took it upon himself to lead charge to the dance floor and Highland's first ever full blown mosh pit ensued. Before our punk rock brethren the CopOuts could finish their first set the evening had ramped up to a contagious mania.

By all eyewitness accounts Highland has never partied so hard!

Klunker day wrapped things up in fun fashion.
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Over and out! It was a great 2011 season and we're looking to go bigger and better next year! Thanks to everyone for making Highland Mountain Bike Park awesome.
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