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Eagle ushers in summer with Outside Festival, River Jam and more

EAGLE — After March's spate of gorgeous spring weather followed by May's springtime snowstorms, Eagle is more than ready to celebrate summer.

Downvalley temperatures are a bit warmer so outside options are a bit more accessible. That winning combination will bring raft summertime amusements at the Eagle Outside Festival and River Jan events planned Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4.

Eagle Outside Festival

The Eagle Outside Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with activities for the whole family, the Firebird XC race and free consumer demos.

The festival atmosphere in Eagle Ranch Village includes free clinics and free group rides along with a competition slate that features everything from strider bike races to fun-theme trail running races to a bike construction competition.

For the youngest Eagle Outside Festival attendees, the strider races are held on Capitol Street in downtown Eagle Ranch at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4.

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The Beer Mile race gets underway at 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Participants will take four laps and enjoy four draughts of Coors (or four non-alcoholic bubbly beverages) and receive a custom banquet beer hat. The race is restricted to those who are 21 years old or older. There are categories for solo and two-person teams.

For runners 18 and younger, the Milk and Cookies run will follow the same route and basic format, but with the age-appropriate event namesake, treats are handed out. The run starts at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Chromoly Chef competition will finish up the Eagle Outside Festival schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday. The event challenges teams to construct a working bicycle from a pile of parts. Once their contraption is completed, teams have to race their creations through an obstacle course, to the delight of spectators.

For a full event schedule or to register for any of the Eagle Outside Festival events, visit http://www.eagleoutside.com.

Firebird XC

USA Cycling has designated the Firebird XC as Colorado's Cross Country State Championship event. As such, the race is an automatic qualifier for national championships. Firebird has a course for every rider, from junior to pro.

Racing action gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday with registration open both Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. at the Addison Building in Eagle Ranch Village.

The short course features a trip around Boneyard and Pool and Ice, two of Eagle's signature trails. For medium and long course riders, the race features longer versions of the same; the intermediate course throws in an Ewok Planet descent down Redneck Ridge and a lap around the HayMizzy, while the long course has riders headed down Redneck Ridge twice. All courses finish on the BMX track.

For more race info or to register, visit the http://www.eagleoutside.org.

Rocky Mountain Consumer Demo

More than 60 brands have signed up for booth space, making the Eagle Outside Festival a great place to shop and compare sporting equipment.

The demo event is free and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Eagle River Jam

Along with the Bonfire Block Party downtown and the Eagle Outside Festival at Eagle Ranch, Chambers Park will be rocking this weekend with the Eagle River Jam Party on Saturday.

Presented by Timberline Tours, River Jam includes free rafting outings, fossil education, lawn games and more.

The Eagle River Jam is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.