Prepare for a wet and wild weekend at the 56th annual FIBArk Whitewater Festival, held on the mighty Arkansas River in Salida. The festivities get rolling today at 5:30 p.m. with the Bryan Dreher Pro Raft Race, followed by an opening party at Riverside Park, featuring live music by the Motet at 8 p.m.
On top of the daily slalom and downriver races and freestyle rodeo competitions, festival highlights include the Blue Paddle FIBArk Parade, the Hooligan Race and the Salida Chamber of Commerce Rubber Ducky Race on Saturday, as well as Sunday's Crazy River Dog Contest, a chance for pooches to take to the water.
"The river's moving pretty fast right now, so it's really exciting to stand on the bridge and watch everyone paddle," says FIBArk president Diana Porter. "It's a great weekend, because there is just so much going on."
Like continuous entertainment, which includes musical headliners the Groove Hawgs on Friday and the Rebirth Brass Band on Saturday; both concerts start at 8 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fibark.net. -- Julie Dunn
Bike to Work Day spins on
Pump prices, pollution and traffic jams bogging you down? The Denver Regional Council of Governments wants you to get in gear and participate in today's Bike to Work Day 2004. Maintenance experts, body massages, muffins and a complimentary cup of joe will be provided free to those who go the distance to DRCOG's breakfast, from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Greek Theatre at Civic Center Park, Colfax Avenue and Broadway. City bicycle planner James Mackay invites you to "roll in hungry on your bike."
In addition, RTD will have free bike parking at its Market Street station from June 21 to June 25 in conjunction with the annual event. Call 303-458-POOL or go to www.drcog.org/ btwd2004 to find out more. Let's rack and roll! -- Kity Ironton
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Mutton Bustin' Time
Why pay for daycare when you can strap your kid onto a sheep? Before you call social services, take a gander at the unique children's activity called mutton bustin', a rodeo standard intended to give young folks a chance to hone their animal-riding skills. Plenty of mutton, and hopefully no children, will be busted in the events leading up to this weekend's Evergreen Rodeo.
The 2005 Ms. Evergreen Rodeo Queen competition will contribute to the pre-show excitement. And this morning's 10 a.m. rodeo parade through downtown Evergreen will feature marchers dressed for each of the town's historical eras: rodeo, ranching, resort and movie-star hideaway.
The actual rodeo, which romps at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds, Highway 74 and Stagecoach Drive, includes bareback riding, steer wrestling and bull riding. Tickets are $5 to $12; children ages five and under are admitted free. Gates open at 3 p.m. today (rodeo time: 7 p.m.) and again at 10 a.m. tomorrow (rodeo time: 2 p.m.). Log on to www.evergreenrodeo.com for a detailed schedule and a list of ticket vendors. -- Caitlin Smith