Fruita hosts Fat Tire Festival for 20th year |

Fruita hosts Fat Tire Festival for 20th year

Brittany Markert
The 20th annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival is set for April 23-26 in Fruita. Demos, beer gardens and live music will fill Fruita's Civic Center Park.
Caitlin Row / | Free Press

For 20 years, Fruita has been home to a favorite mountain-bike event — Fruita Fat Tire Festival. It’s now time to celebrate bike season, gather with friends, and test some of the industry’s latest products — from wheel sets to fully-stocked bikes.

New for 2015: If riders are interested in testing product, a wrist band is now required. Passes range from $15-$55. The $15 pass will get riders unlimited demos (though there is no guarantee specific items will be available always). The $55 pass includes a technical T-shirt, two free beers at the beer garden and more. Up to $1,000 in proceeds will be donated to Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, which focused on trail restoration and maintenance in Mesa County.

“The passes give the exhibitors more control over what is being demo-ed at the time,” said Mike Heaston, Fruita Fat Tire Festival organizer.

The event kicks off on Thursday night, April 23, with a VIP party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Suds Brothers Brewery (122 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita). Entrance at the door costs $20 and includes food and brews.

Vendors will be set up at Civic Center Park, located at 325 E. Aspen Ave., starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 24, until 9 p.m. Also on Friday, a KEEN Rippin Chix Skills Camp in the park is planned along with a New Belgium Beer Garden. Starting at 3:30 p.m., live music will be performed at Civic Center Park, including JACK + JILL, Shea Bramer, and Zolopht.

Saturday, April 25, will include a similar schedule as Friday. The annual COPMOBA pancake breakfast is set from 8-10:30 a.m. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.

Hot Tomato Pizzeria will also be bringing back its Clunker Crit on Saturday, where folks bring out their clunker bikes, put on funky costumes, and ride around downtown Fruita. It is set for Fruita’s Circle Park from 3-4:30 p.m. Although it is free to race, registration is required for both adults and children. Helmets are mandatory.

“We have always loved the Clunker Crit event during Fat Tire,” said Anne Keller, co-owner of Hot Tomato. “It’s fun, and it brings the community out to our downtown for a great event. When the festival canned it several years back, we were sad to see it go; so when we were approached by George at Over the Edge about helping to bring it back, we said a resounding ‘yes’!”

Awards will be given to the best clunker, the best costume, best team clunker and more. Prizes include Hot Tomato pizza swag and gift cards.

Fat Tire Festival will continue Saturday with live music and giveaways around 7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park. Festivities will wrap up at 9 p.m.

“Come on out and listen to good music, drink some beer and do a lot of riding,” Heaston said.

To purchase a demo pass or find more information, visit

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