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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Weekend To-Do: Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

2 p.m. Various locations in Eureka Springs. Prices vary.

Now in its 14th year, the Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival, or "Fatty Fest," as it's affectionately known, has become an institution in Northwest Arkansas, with sponsorships from the likes of Timex, Adventure Subaru, and yes, New Belgium Brewing Co., makers of Fat Tire beer.

The area's terrain and topography makes it an obvious draw for mountain bikers and the weekend-long festival attracts thousands of contestants and observers for racing, riding, and food and drink. Of course, there's no shortage of gnarly backwoods riding for the serious knobby-tire fanatics, with cross-country rides, timed and observed trials and downhill racing for those fearless souls who hopefully have excellent dental and medical coverage.

This year's festival is being billed as the "Year of the Kid," which seems appropriate given the ample amount of noncompetitive kid- and family-friendly rides and events, such as the costume ride and the Kid Bike Rodeo. Entry fees for the races vary and the festivities take place at a variety of tracks, trails, parks and restaurants all over Eureka Springs and the surrounding area.

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