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Eagle’s Get Out Expo set for May 14, 15

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VAIL CO, Colorado

EAGLE – The town of Eagle kicks off summer with a two-day Get Out Expo filled with some of the Country’s leading bike manufacturers with their demo fleets along with fun and activities for the entire family. Events take place throughout the two days in multiple locations in Eagle, including Brush Creek Park and Eagle Ranch village. The Get Out Expo gives residents and visitors a chance to learn about the health of their planet, their own health and the health of their community.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase all of the fun that the town of Eagle has to offer. We have activities for everyone and welcome people to stay with a great $99 deal for a hotel and three-course meal,” says John Shipp, organizer of the two-day event and owner of The Dusty Boot and Luigi’s Pasta House.

The Eagle Town Clean Up is set for May 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. The La Sportiva Boneyard Boogie 10k run starts at 9 a.m. May 14. Next up is the Vail Honeywagon’s Party for the Planet featuring exhibitors and activities about mother earth and benefitting the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability and Walking Mountains Science Center. The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability presents the Recycled Art Show in the Brush Creek Studio.

For the third year, demos of the latest gear will be a big draw. Representatives from bike manufacturers will be on hand to show off the latest and best bikes. Reps from Ibis, Maverick, Kona, Marin, Rocky Mountain, Orbea, Ellsworth, Parlee and more will be available to answer questions and offer bikes to test. In addition, Lakota Guides will offer free rafting trips down the Eagle River. Street Swell and Honey Skate Boards will be on hand to show off the latest boards.

“Our goal with this event is to become the premier outdoor lifestyle destination on the Western Slope, if not the state,” says Gabrie Higbie organizer of the event and director of sales at KZYR radio. “Eagle offers great activities for the active person and the Get Out Expo is designed to showcase the latest and coolest gear and let you test drive almost any sport.”

A big draw this year will be the “Chro-Moly,” an Iron Chef-style bike making competition. Two person teams will have 60 minutes to build a bike from parts. The bike then must be ridden 50 yards. Teams will be scored based on ingenuity, speed and style. One winning team will receive $500 cash.

At 3:30 p.m. May 15, Rob Drabkin will perform at The Dusty Boot. Drabkin is a multi-year Westword winner for best singer and songwriter and his sound is often compared to Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.

On May 15 Bloody’s, Bikes and Boards will debut. A course will be set out for a parade in which participants are invited to ride anything with wheels. Bring out the cruiser bikes, skateboards or rollerblades and enjoy a spectacle. The Dusty Boot will be offering a bloody mary bar, sponsored by Finlandia Vodka, and brunch will also be served.

Sunday afternoon will feature a “Green Bike” build. This program, introduced several years ago in Eagle, offers recycled bikes around town for anyone to borrow; they are easily recognizable because they are painted green. More bikes are needed and current ones need to be maintained so bring your bike tools and join in the fun of learning how to maintain your bike while supporting the “green bikes” program.

More information, including the entire schedule, can be found at http://www.getoutexpo.com and on Facebook. Party for the Planet information can be found on http://www.partyfortheplanet.info and also on Facebook. For more information on sponsorship, contact Gabrie Higbie at KZYR at 970-926-7625, or visit http://www.townofeagle.org.

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