Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on June 26th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
“It’s the bike-gasm!”
That’s how the Multnomah County Bike Fair was explained to me on my first time around back in 2005.
The description holds true. After 17 exhausting, exuberant days of Pedalpalooza, fatigue is setting in (and there were even rumors on Twitter of a pedalfluenza outbreak). A gentle but seriously fun sort of decompression is needed after spending over two weeks on such a cloud. Enter MCBF, the closing event of Pedalpalooza, a culmination of all the creativity, energy, and socializing of the last two and a half weeks.
Organized by Shift, run by a committed volunteer team on funds from beer and t-shirt sales, some donations, and seed money raised at Filmed By Bike, MCBF comes from the community and is for the community. And as the broader Portland community increasingly embraces bicycling, the fair gets bigger each year.
The fair is tomorrow, June 27, from 2pm to 7pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE 20th & Belmont). This year’s party includes:
– Changes to the events stage setup. The good news is that this year the beer garden will be all ages! There will be specially-marked wristbands for those over 21, but everyone is welcome to come see the performances and listen to the bands. The bad news is that you won’t be able to bring your own water into the beer garden — but water will be available for you to fill your bottle once inside. Beer this year is locally brewed by the bike-friendly local Widmer Bros.
– For the waaay under 21 set, this year there will be a Kids Area at the fair, including bike decorating (sponsored by SCRAP and Clever Cycles), a reading area (for kids to read to their bikes), and some programmed events including Bike Story Time at 3:00, relay races at 3:30, a bike beauty contest at 4:00, and a bike parade at 4:30.
– Amazing booths on the midway! We’ll be hosting a summer BikeCraft with nearly 20 local crafters selling their wares. The Portland Mercury will have a booth featuring a trackstand competition with a water balloon component, and quality prizes. Jeff Bernards will be there as always with his Protect Your World program, offering heavily subsidized helmets and lights. Also rumored to have a presence are the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Portland Bicycle Tours bike repair bus will be there, Zipcar, the North Freaks will have a photo booth for you and your bike, Providence Bridge Pedal, Stumptown Printers, Free School will be hosting workshops, and more…
– Food! Good stuff this year, including Pirate Dog’s ‘Eat or Die’ sausage and veggie dogs (in the beer garden; on the midway you’ll find local by-bike soup, bread, and salad by Soup Cycle (who we profiled earlier this year), Uruapan burritos, the big, pink Voodoo Donut truck, pedal-powered smoothies, and the Staccato Gelato bike.
The best news is that the weather should be in the 80s (last year it was around 100 degrees). Bring your bikeyest outfits, your water bottles, your sunscreen, and your Pedalpalooza spirit — we’ll see you there!
What: Multnomah County Bike Fair
When: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 2pm – 7pm
Where: Colonel Summers Park, SE 20th and Belmont