MOG Fest and Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour returns to Grand Valley
WHAT: MOG Outdoor Festival/Bike & Gear Swap
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Grand Junction, Between Fourth and Sixth streets on Main Street
COST: Free to attend
WHAT: Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour
WHEN: Friday, April 24, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Edgewater Brewery (905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction)
COST: $8 general admission, $5 for students
For a deal on outdoor gear, head to the 12th annual MOG Outdoor Festival, set for Friday and Saturday, April 24-25.
Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour will kick off the fun on Friday at Edgewater Brewery (905 Struthers Ave., Grand Junction). The showing starts at 8 p.m. General admission costs $8 and $5 for students. Bring a chair or blanket as the films will be watched outside on the lawn.
The MOG Festival and Bike and Gear Swap on Saturday, April 25, is planned for downtown Grand Junction’s Main Street, between Fourth and Sixth streets. It will run from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., rain or shine. It is free to attend and includes live music, donuts and door prizes every two hours. Rockslide Brewery and Restaurant will host a beer garden with proceeds benefiting Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA), which is a local nonprofit focused on trail building and maintenance.
“It’s a way to thank the local community,” said Jen Taylor, founder of the event and Mountain Sprouts (a kids-focused, outdoor clothing line). “It’s a great driver for companies to see Grand Junction as well to see what a great community we have.”
MOG Fest was originally a way Taylor, a Grand Junction resident, and 10 other companies to get rid of extra gear. It has since blossomed into a yearly event with more than 35 vendors selling items — from socks to backpacks to clothing. Brands available include Fox, Osprey, Spyder, Pearl Izumi and Loki. Taylor now works for Mountain Khakis (mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel) since it merged with Mountain Sprouts in 2006.
“MOG is one of the best days to get deals on Loki among many other brands,” said Seth Anderson, co-owner of Loki Gear (445 Colorado Ave., downtown Grand Junction). “Jen Taylor has made this event the highlight of the year to celebrate our great outdoor opportunities in the Grand Valley.”
Also on Saturday, April 25, a bike and gear swap is planned. There is a $15 seller fee. Proceeds benefit COPMOBA. It is free to attend; it’s scheduled from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the corner of Fourth Street and Rood Avenue, near the parking garage.
Last year, MOG Fest and the gear swap raised more than $2,000 for COPMOBA. This year organizers hope to raise even more.
Sellers are encouraged to sell any outdoor gear including dirt bikes, cars, camping equipment, bikes, etc.
Last year it was estimated that 5,000 folks attended MOG Fest.
“The purpose of MOG is to celebrate the outdoor community,” Taylor said. “It’s something we are proud of, and it makes us able to give back to the nonprofits that make our Grand Valley so awesome.”
For more information, visit http://www.mogoutdoorfest.com.
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