For those of you looking for a wild and wacky way to enjoy the last holiday weekend of summer, consider attending the annual Tour de Fat festival at New Belgium Brewing, 500 Linden, in Old Town Fort Collins on Saturday, September 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The annual Tour de Fat is a traveling bicycle celebration that stops in 13 western cities, promoting the societal offerings of the bicycle and raising money for bicycle and environmental charities. Events include a costumed bike parade, musical acts, and a car-for-bike trade celebration in which one person that has agreed to exchange his or her car for a bike will be given a New Belgium commuter bike.
If you would like to participate in the parade, registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at New Belgium Brewing. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m., and the musical performances begin at 11:00 a.m. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. You can avoid waiting in line by printing out the registration form that is available online and dropping it off with your donation at the ride registration tent before the parade.
The purpose of this event is to encourage safe and enjoyable cycling in the Fort Collins community. Participation is not required, but strongly encouraged – so grab the kids, dress up in your favorite costumes, decorate your bikes, and join the fun!
Among the various fun and recreational activities taking place during this event will be Colorado’s first-ever “Parade of Tike Bikers,” featuring toddlers riding in unison to support the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Weekend Telethon. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Online registration for Tikeapalooza and the “Colorado Parade of Tike Bikers” is now open. Onsite registration in Boulder will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 5th. Parents and older children who also wish to bike will be asked to make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association: Bikers 13 to 17 - $4.50 each; Bikers 18 and older - $7.50 each. There is no charge simply to accompany participating children.
To all the single moms, their families, and everyone else who is reading this column - have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!
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