Fruita Fat Tire Festival set for this weekend, April 24-27 |

Fruita Fat Tire Festival set for this weekend, April 24-27

Don’t miss the New Belgium beer tent at the Fruita Fat Tire Festival!
Stephen Kurtenbach |


• If you’re in the market for a new bike, a festival may be the way to go. Multiple manufacturers often bring demos with a variety of options to choose from.

• Visit your top picks first, as bikes come and go quickly throughout the day.

• Remember to bring along preferred bike shoes, pedals, helmet, an ID, and credit card. Most demos are free to try, but vendors do ask for an ID and credit card for insurance purposes.

• Make sure to book sleeping accommodations well in advance of an event, as hotels and campgrounds fill up fast.

• Research the bike fest’s location for other activities and businesses of interest. Make a list of restaurants you may want to try.

• Research terrain nearby to the demos. Western Colorado features a variety of trails, so check out which ones will best suit you.

• Expect a crowd.

• Also, remember that since you are in Colorado, weather can be unpredictable. Pack accordingly; bring layers.

• Remember to keep an open mind, smile and stay positive.

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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.”


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

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