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MOG Festival in Grand Junction

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Anne KellarA mountain biker flies into a tight turn on Eagle's Wing Trail near Grand Junction. This photo won third place in the Free Press Photo contest leading up this weekend's MOG Fest in Grand Junction. First and second place photo winners can be seen Friday evening at the MOG Reception at the Core Elements Rock Gym in Grand Junction.
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Colorado’s western slope in the spring caters to a wide variety of outdoor palettes; diehards can climb peaks for turns well into June, cyclists can spin wheels free of snow and biting cold, climbers can crimp without fingers turning numb, boaters can expect the highest whitewater ever, golf discs can scream over newly green grass. Visit the Grand Valley and you can do all those sports in one day.

That’s where the MOG (Manufacturers of Outdoor Gear) Outdoor Fest, taking place Friday through Sunday, comes in. This festival harkens back to the Marmot Sale when customers would come from across the country and globe to score deals on outdoor clothing and gear. Thanks to event organizers Jen Taylor of Mountain Sprouts and Seth Anderson of Loki Outerwear, Grand Junction’s MOG Sale has evolved beyond Marmot’s days. The MOG Fest is an all-inclusive event with outdoor retailers, manufacturers and positive advocacy groups gathered for a first-of-spring festival.

“Come share your outdoor joy with great people and causes, score some sweet new gear, and discover new terrain in your awesome backyard,” Anderson said. “And it’s warm down here!”

The event kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. at the Core Elements Rock Gym with a Pablo’s Pizza and Palisade Brewery reception and open climbing competition. The winners of the Free Press Outdoor Photo Contest will be awarded prizes.

The MOG Sale begins for some on Saturday at 8 a.m. Early bird ticket holders will have first dibs for one hour at the 500 block of Main Street in Downtown Grand Junction. There is no cost and it’s open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brands such as Black Diamond Equipment, Chaco and Ulu Footwear, Mountain Khakis, Mountain Sprouts, Loki Outerwear, Mountain Hardwear, Flylow and Icelantic will be on hand to promote and sell to the public. Full gear selections can be picked up from shops like Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Backcountry Experience, Whitewater West, Powderhorn Ski Resort, Rapid Creek, Grass Roots, Ruby Canyon, and Brown’s Cycles. Bikes, kayaks, boats, skis, boots, packs, clothing, and other necessities will be within your means and your reach. A total of 29 booths will fill the streets.

Telluride Mountain Film will present outdoor-related films at Cinema at the Avalon. There will be a family-friendly matinee at 3 p.m. and a spiced-up presentation for PG-13 crowds at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and proceeds benefit the Cinema at the Avalon and the Colorado Mountain Club.

A percentage of proceeds benefit the Colorado Environmental Coalition, Western Colorado Congress, community radio KAFM 88.1 and the Colorado Mountain Club. Many non-profits will be on hand to inspire actions and solutions for environmental and social causes.

“My goal for the non-profits is to have fun interactions with the public,” Anderson, an event organizer, said. “The topic of environment has become polarized. It’s time to bring more people into the process rather than less.”

Saturday’s downtown MOG festivities rally on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. until 1:15 a.m. at the Spotlight Lounge at the corner of 7th and Main Street. Live music from “Shot Gun Ho Down,” “WHEEL,” and punk-a-billy-esque “Los Bandoleros” will keep things lively into the night.

Area group tours are arranged for Sunday; ride noted mountain bike trails, raft the Colorado River, check out bouldering sessions, hike the Colorado National Monument, cross-country ski or snowshoe on the Grand Mesa. Group tours are free, participants need to bring their own equipment and transportation, and recreate at their own risk (no medical support).

For more information on this event, visit http://www.mogoutdoorfest.com or call 970-241-2971.


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