F-Town GearDown bike event Oct. 19 to include a film fest, beer garden & kids activities | PostIndependent.com

F-Town GearDown bike event Oct. 19 to include a film fest, beer garden & kids activities

Fruita's new Vintage Bike Show is set for the Civic Center lawn on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
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WHAT: F-Town GearDown Vintage Bike Show & Fest

WHEN: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19

WHERE: Fruita Civic Center lawn

COST: $5 per bike to register; admission to main festival 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. is free

INFO: 970-309-0253 or email registration@ftowngeardown.com

Have a cool, vintage bike stashed away in your attic or basement? Then you may want to enter it in the F-Town GearDown Vintage Bike Show this Saturday, Oct. 19.

“A lot of people have these great vintage bikes,” Rotarian and event organizer Michelle Melgares said. “They sit it someone’s garage or hang on a wall. A lot of them are pretty valuable and really cool. We wanted to provide a way to bring them out.”

Bike registration ends at 3:30 p.m., with judging to finish at 7:30 p.m. The show will be set up on the Fruita Civic Center lawn. It’s $5 per bike to register, and funds raised will go to Fruita Rotary and COPMOBA.

“Awards will be given — first, second, third and people’s choice,” Melgares said.

The bike show coincides with Fruita’s second annual F-Town GearDown end-of-season bike festival, also centered around the Fruita Civic Center from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission to the main festival event is free, but attendees should bring cash for the beer garden and the kids all-access pass (for $20, a child receives access to a variety of kid-friendly activities, a slice of pizza and unlimited root beer).

“We (the Fruita Rotary) give funds raised to programs that have to do with children and literacy, so we like to keep the venue kid-friendly,” Melgares noted.

Other activities at the bike fest include gold sprints, a stationary race in which bikes are attached to speed-tracking technology, and a poker run, in which participants bike from place to place in Fruita. At each stop, they do something “silly” for a playing card, and whoever has the best hand at the end wins, Melgares said.

The F-Town Film Festival is part of the downtown event, too, with cycling-related flicks to be shown at the Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., from 3-5 p.m. Films will also be shown throughout the evening at the Civic Center Pavilion location, 325 E. Aspen Ave. To register for the bike show, call 970-309-0253 or email registration@ftowngeardown.com.

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