The Hillbilly Huckfest in 2013 was the inspiration for the Fest Series.
Mads “Makken” Haugen joined the Hillbilly Huckfest festival, and together with pro skier Aasmund Thorsen he buildt a track that would suit him and his invited riders perfectly. Starting out with a sizeable drop, and ending with a moto X kicker with a 15 meter gap, the track gave Andreu Lacondeguy, Kurt Sorge, Graham Aggisiz, Nico Vink, Nic Pescetto, and Sam Reynolds what they called the best session of their 2013 season. The festival topped it off with concerts and a big party, and after this the idea of a series of similar events started. In 2014 and 2015 the Fest came back to Ål for the second and third FEST Series Hillbilly Huckfest.