To gear up and give back to local causes, the 10th annual MOG Outdoor Fest is back - Friday & Saturday, April 19-20."There's a lot going on, and it's grown a lot over the last 10 years," said MOG founder and organizer Jen Taylor Muhr. With a "cult following," MOG draws about 3,000 folks from across the region, including Salt Lake City, Colorado's many mountain towns, and the Front Range.Plus, there's tons of spring deals available if you go."I personally find it to be the best time of the year to load up on my outdoor gear," said Loki Outerwear co-owner Seth Anderson. "Spring is the time for all things possible, in life, and in my gear use and purchasing desires. Everything from skis, packs, tents, kayaks, bikes and outerwear are on sale at amazing prices."
Tonight (Friday, April 19), Telluride Mountain Film will showcase movies at Mesa Theater as a fundraiser for the Colorado Mesa University Outdoor Program. The event starts at 7; general admission is $8, or $5 with a student ID. It's free for kids ages 12 and younger. "A celebration of the indomitable spirit, MountainFilm on Tour is a compilation of high-octane short films that are selected from the annual award-winning MountainFilm Festival," a MOG Outdoor Fest news release said.Muhr noted "great swag giveaways," too, including Mountain Khakis, Loki and Osprey.Saturday's main event - the MOG Sale, a COPMOBA Bike & Gear Swap, plus all-day music - is set to take place at the Rockslide Brewpub parking lot (Fourth and Colorado in downtown Grand Junction). Buy bikes, gear and apparel, sell your own, or just hang out from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. General admission is a $5 donation to benefit Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) and Mesa County Search & Rescue. To sell in the bike+gear swap, there's a flat fee of $15 to benefit COPMOBA."Upwards of 50 booths will be selling mountain/road/park bikes, skis, snowboards, gear, apparel, outerwear, footwear, tents, bags, whitewater, AWD + overland vehicles, optics, accessories, resort passes, snowshoes, all-terrain motorcycles, skateboards/longboards and more," according to a news release.New this year, musicians will play all day - Will Whalen from 8-10 a.m., The Shift from 10 a.m. to noon, and Jack + Jill from noon to 2 p.m.Need another reason to attend MOG Fest Saturday? Free morning doughnuts, a Rockslide beer garden, barbecue, raffles, prizes and kids activities are all on the bill.