VICKSBURG, MI – A Kalamazoo-area cycling organization will be hosting a series of events this weekend in the nearby community of Vicksburg.
Bike Friendly Kalamazoo is hosting the Fall Bike Celebration in Vicksburg and Southwest Michigan, September 17-19. The stated mission of the nonprofit is to help make their entire community bike friendly through collegial action, grants, information sharing and more.
Registration for Sunday’s Grand Bike Tour begins at 7:30 a.m. on September 19 and ends at noon. All routes will be well signposted; water, food, snacks and treats will be in key locations. Road maps and marker sheets will also be provided.
On Saturday mornings, cyclists, walkers and donors can support participating charities in the Ride For A Reason multi-charity bikeathon, located at the Vicksburg Pavilion. In the evening, an outdoor benefit concert will feature rock, blues, bluegrass and country music from local band AMP.
The weekend’s festivities will also include the announcement of the winners of the organization’s public bike art competition, who are vying for cash prizes totaling $ 1,750.
On Sundays, cyclists participating in the celebration can cycle a long distance that passes through the paintings of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail.
“We welcome cyclists and anyone participating in any of the attractions during the Fall Biking Celebration,” said Vicksburg Village President Bill Adams. “We appreciate the support of the Vicksburg Foundation, generous sponsors and wonderful in-kind donors who made this great fall weekend focused on cycling possible. “
For more details and directions to the events, visit Bike Friendly Kalamazoo’s website. Here is an overview of the weekend program:
Friday September 17th.
- Free Disc Golf – Near Sunset Lake, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Free Disc Golf Clinics – Sponsored by Larry Labond of K’Aces Disc Golf on How to Play, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
- Open game – Offered at Vicksburg Disc Golf Course, in the heart of the Vicksburg Recreation Area, 12538 S. Sprinkle Road
- Vicksburg Historic Village – From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, the Historic Village of Vicksburg will offer historic artifact views of the Rural Village located at 300 N. Richardson St.
- Vicksburg Farmers Market – From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., everyone is welcome to stop for options of fresh farm produce, 300 N. Richardson St.
- Webinar on increasing the safe passing of cyclists – From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Ron Van Houten from Western Michigan University will present research on increased awareness among cyclists. Van Houten will talk about a recent study on Michigan and Tennessee; showing that law enforcement, education, and feedback can increase bike passing distance.
Saturday September 18.
- Ride for a Reason: Multi-Organism Bikeathon – From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., more than 15 charities will support their causes during the bikeathon. In this “short-lived” social cycling event, participants will start and end at the Vicksburg Community Pavilion.
- Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor – On Saturday and Sunday, cyclists will have the opportunity to grab a cyclist-sized cone on the shores of Sunset Lake at 220 W. Prairie St.
- Vicksburg Quilt Trail: Virtual / Live Presentation – From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., anyone can join in the visual presentation to learn about the cultural and historical history of the two dozen large paintings.
- Virtual tour of The Mill at Vicksburg project – From 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., everyone is invited to take a virtual tour of the planned $ 80 million renovations at the plant site, 300 W. Highway St.
- Live benefit concert of the Lions BFK: AMP! – The Vicksburg Lions Club and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo will host a live benefit concert at the Vicksburg Community Pavilion. Beer and wine are available for purchase. The gate opens at 6.15 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m.
- BFK Public Bike Art Competition Award Ceremony – During the intermission of the benefit concert, the BFK Awards Ceremony will distribute $ 1,750 in jury cash prizes available to artists in July.
Sunday September 19.
- Fall Celebration Bike Tour – From 7:30 am to 5 pm, all routes start and end at the Historic Village of Vicksburg, 300 N. Richardson St. in Vicksburg.
- Cleaning and closing – From 5 p.m. Sunday.
Most event activities are free, but some require exemptions and require children to be accompanied by an adult. More information and the latest updates on the event can be found at www.fallbikecelebration.org/schedule/.
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