Saturday, September 22

the most wonderful day of the year

It's the day I, and many other locals, look forward to most each year in the fine city of Fort Collins: Tour de Fat Saturday.

If you don't have a costume, stop by the Chronicle booth to dig through the fine duds Marketing Director Dawn Paepke has been accumulating just for today. Like the festival, they're free.

Elliott, who awarded last year's ride Best Place to Find Spontaneous Bliss in our Best Of issue, says it best in this week's Chronicle:

No annual Fort Collins event provides more engaged excitement than New Belgium’s Tour de Fat. For seven years now, the third largest craft brewery in the U.S. has put on this traveling summer festival, encouraging bicycle culture and wild costumes while earning thousands for nonprofits. By the time the festival reaches its hometown stop (dubbed “The Mothership”), locals prove adept at making the bike-and-beer carnival their own.

As the Tour has grown in stature, so have its goals. This year, in addition to its Car-for-Bike Trade Program, which has asked one volunteer in each toured city to trade in his or her car for a custom bike, organizers have chose Fort Collins’ Tour de Fat to aim for a spot in the The Guinness Book of World Records for longest bike parade.

The parade will begin at the brewery, 500 Linden St. in Fort Collins, at 11 a.m. The entertainment, which includes music from The Asylum Street Spankers, MarchFourth Marching Band, Lord Loves a Working Man and more, runs from noon to 6 p.m. The event is free and beer proceeds go to the Mountain Bike Patrol and Bike Fort Collins. Attendees are encouraged to costume their bikes and their bodies.

Today is also the one-year anniversary of the emergence of Waterman (pictured). Brian Croak debuted his now-famous water-spewing costume during a private Tour de Fat after-party last year at a friend's house near City Park.

Let there be more Waterman! Now, get off your ass and get to New Belgium. I'll post photos later.

No comments: