IBMC Students Prepare for Memorial Day Weekend Festivities in Fort Collins, CO

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner and we’re excited for the upcoming events in Fort Collins. There are a variety of activities for IBMC students, adults and children alike, so get involved, have some fun, and explore the exciting offerings of our great community!

Old Town Farmers’ Market: Get your weekend off to a healthy start with some fresh produce and a little dancing on Saturday, May 26, 2012. From 8:00am to 12:00pm, the Larimer County Farmers’ Market in Old Town will be booming with tasty fruits and veggies from local farmers, delectable baked goods, and live music by The States. Can you think of a better place to buy your food for that annual Memorial Day barbeque you’ve been planning? We can’t!

The Larimer County Farmers’ Market is held in the Larimer County Courthouse parking lot, located on the North side of Oak Street between Mason & Howes.

Realities for Children Motorcycle Ride and Rally: This year marks the 11thannual Reality Rides Weekend. Deemed as “one of the area’s most anticipated community events,” the rally brings over 15,000 motorcyclists and enthusiasts to Old Town Fort Collins every year. Enjoy live music, student shows, great food stunt shows, great food vendors, a fireworks show and more all while helping to raise money for abused and neglected children in Larimer County.

The Realities for Children Motorcycle Rally in Old Town Fort Collins features a stunning firework show on May 26, 2012, at 9:00pm.

The rally takes place on May 26, 2012, from 11:00am to 11:00pm, and is free to attend. For those wanting to participate in the ride, which takes place on May 27, 2012 at 10:00am, you can register here.

Be sure to visit the Realities for Children Motorcycle Ride and Rally website for more detailed information regarding the event.

Odell’s Small Batch Festival: For our friends age 21 and over, Odell Brewing Company hosts the Small Batch Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2012. From 3:00pm to 7:00pm, head down to Odell Brewing Company and sample over 20 small batch beers on draft. The festival also features live music by Musketeer Gripweed, Constitution, and Justin Roth. If possible, ditch your car and opt for some two-wheel bike transportation, as parking is limited. Cheers!

Odell Brewing Company is located at 800 East Lincoln Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Memorial Day Events at Veterans Plaza: In celebration of Memorial Day, a number of events are scheduled to take place at the Veterans Plaza in Fort Collins on May 27, 2012. Some inspiring events will include the awarding of the Purple Heart medal to local Vietnam War veteran, Bob Wuestenberg, and a keynote address by Marine Staff Sergeant John Jones, who lost both legs while serving in Iraq. In addition, there will be live music, food vendors, and a 5K run. Festivities will begin around 9:00am and will wrap up at 3:00pm. More information regarding the events can be found here.

The Veterans Plaza is located at Spring Canyon Community Park, 2626 West Horsetooth Road
Fort Collins, CO.

Houska Houska 5K: The Houska Houska 5K (we’re having fun just saying it) is a five kilometer walk/run that will take place on May 28, 2012, at 9:00am. Celebrating its 20thannual event with the theme, “To Infinity and Beyond,” the Houska Houska 5K encourages participants to don their most creative space-themed costumes while they run (or walk) to make a difference. The

Runners dress as Mary Catherine and Mister Peepers for the 2011 Houska Houska 5K
Runners dress as Mary Catherine and Mister Peepers for the 2011 "Saturday Night Live" themed Houska Houska 5K.

purpose of the annual race is to raise money for the Poudre Valley Hospital Cancer Center and Bone Marrow Donor Program. With food, drinks, kids’ games, live music and a Space Age themed costume contest for adults, children and dogs, the Houska Houska 5K is sure to be a good time. Click here to join the fun and register today.

The race takes place at Houska Automotive, located at 899 Riverside Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

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