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Inaugural Goathead Fest fills Tour de Fat void in Boise

Boise Goathead Fest embraces cyclists’ thorny nemesis with a parade

The Boise Goathead Fest parades through Downtown Boise Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, celebrating cycling, beer and creativity in spite of Idaho's infamous tire-puncturing goathead thorn.
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The Boise Goathead Fest parades through Downtown Boise Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, celebrating cycling, beer and creativity in spite of Idaho's infamous tire-puncturing goathead thorn.

The smoke blew out of the Treasure Valley and the temperatures dropped into the 80s just in time for the inaugural Boise Goathead Fest, a two-day event Downtown that filled the gap left by Tour de Fat’s departure.

At the heart of the festival was Saturday’s bicycle parade, which featured costumed riders and viewers, cyclists of all ages and plenty of shenanigans. If you wanted to see a guy wearing a goathead helmet, that wasn’t a problem. Someone in a giant chicken head? Also not a problem.

The event was free Saturday but there was a $5 suggested donation for the parade, with proceeds going to Boise Bicycle Project, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, Idaho Mountain Biking Association and other bike-related nonprofits. New Belgium Brewing, which put on Tour de Fat for 16 years, remained as a sponsor.

After Saturday’s bike parade, there was music and dancing for adults and kids in Cecil Andrus Park across from the Capitol until 5 p.m. Then there were after-parties at three downtown restaurants.

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