Considered the unofficial start to Mesa County’s mountain-bike season, Fruita Fat Tire Festival returns to town this weekend — April 24-27 — with a gear expo, beer and live music. Admission to this event is free at Fruita Civic Center Park right downtown.
“Come out and check out all the bikes,” Fruita’s Over the Edge Sports manager George Gatseos said. “Gear testing is encouraged.”
According to the festival website, “50 of the largest companies in the biking industry (will be) showcasing their services and products.”
Fruita Fat Tire Festival has also expanded over the years, Gatseos noted.
“More bike companies come to show off their wares, and it’s a relevant show for our regional market. We get good industry support.”
Friday’s schedule kicks off at 8 a.m. with the expo opening, and the beer tent starts pouring at noon. Live music will play until 9 p.m. or slightly later. The same schedule goes for Saturday. Sunday will host a singletrack camp and more time for rides. Prizes and giveaways will occur throughout the weekend.
VIP passes for the festival are $45 at the park; it includes swag and beer, the website said.
Troy Rarick, founder of Over the Edge Sports in Fruita, was the visionary behind this fest almost two decades ago. His hope was to bring people to the sleepy farming community and to his bike store.
Folks now come from out of state and even from other countries to attend this annual event.
“It’s a pretty low-key affair,” Gatseos said. “Lots of people are in town hanging out and riding bikes.”
18 HOURS OF FRUITA
In its 10th year, the 18 Hours of Fruita race at Highline Park will kick off May 2-3. This year’s event sold out over the winter, Gatseos said, and registration is completely full.
For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit www.fruitamountainbike.com.