By Betsy Welch
Although their show at Bohn Park on June 4 will be The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's first appearance playing by the banks of the St. Vrain River, it won't be the first time the horn-heavy New Orleans group has played with Lyons in mind.
On Dec. 14, 2013, two months after the St. Vrain flooded Lyons, a group of some of New Orleans most prominent musicians gathered to share their songs in an effort to raise money and morale for the Lyons, Colorado community affected by the flood. Nolarado raised over $15,000 for Lyons residents in the aftermath of the flood. The fiscal facilitator of the funds raised was the Lyons Community Foundation. The Dirty Dozen was part of that NolaRado lineup and thus the subsequent connection between New Orleans and Lyons that lives on today.
The shared experience of a natural disaster can create bonds stronger than state lines.
For CR Gruver, a musician with the New Orleans Suspects and the brainchild behind the NolaRado benefit, the people listening to music under the Spanish moss-spangled Live Oak trees had more in common with the mountain folk in the Centennial State than looks would imply.
"A lot of people don’t realize this, but after Katrina hit, Colorado was the fourth-most popular state for evacuees, a remarkable statistic given the sheer distance between the two places," said Gruver. "And for New Orleans musicians, Colorado is one of the most receptive and supportive areas in the country. Anyone who has been to a late-night New Orleans Jazz Fest show can attest to the impressive number of Colorado residents who make it down to the Crescent City."
For music-lovers in Lyons, the NolaRado relationship means that we don't have to travel far to see some of the Crescent City's best in our own backyard. From Dumpstaphunk in 2013, to Anders Oborne in 2014, to the Revivalists last year, Lyons Outdoor Games has made an effort to having musicians from New Orleans headline the event. It's no question that the music rocks; what makes it an even better show is the poignancy of the connection.
“When flood hit Lyons, these NOLA musicians reached out to us, and crafted this amazing concert for our town that was so far away,” explains Rebecca Louzan, event director at the event’s production company, Onda Creative. “I had the honor of being present for the Nolorado fundraiser with Brent Boland and his family. The genuine care of the New Orlean’s musicians for the people of Lyons touched people deeply here, and we work to keep that connection strong.”
Lyons Outdoor Games is a fundraiser for the Lyons community’s parks and outdoor culture with proceeds benefitting the Town of Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation. The Outdoor Games has undergone enormous growth over the past four years, and this year there will be a small admission charge to the Bohn Park venue. The admission charge will act as a donation to the event’s original philanthropic intent. Lyons Outdoor Games tickets can be purchased for $10/adult and a 50% discounted rate of $5/child until this Friday at http://www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com/buy-tickets, or purchased on-site on June 4th for $10/adult, $10/child. The Under the Stars concert will open with local Big Thompson Flood and Na’an Stop before Dirty Dozen hits the stage. Music starts at 5pm. The Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival will take place from 3pm-6pm (VIP starts at 2pm) and Burning Can tickets can be purchased at http://burningcan.com/locations/lyons-colorado. Camping is available on festival grounds, and encouraged for the safety and fun of festival guests and can be purchased at www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com/buy-tickets. The Lyons Film Festival takes place on Sunday morning and tickets can be purchased at http://www.lyonsfilmfestival.com/tickets.
See the full schedule for the Lyons Outdoor Games: www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com/schedule
About the production + marketing group, Onda Creative: www.ondacreative.com
This year, the Lyons Outdoor Games will be held June 3-4, featuring whitewater sports, BMX, slackline, kids adventure, music, beer and more - all in the spirit of adventure that its founders intended 15 years ago.
“Lyons Outdoor Games is unique,” says Arn Hayden, one of the original founders. “Athletes from around the world enjoy our small town feel and vibe. They feel like they are coming home to friends and have always been treated well here. Many athletes come back year after year.” The Games are a place for professional athletes to mingle with recreationalists and for out-of-towners to paddle, pedal and play with locals.
The entire event is a fundraiser for community’s parks and outdoor culture; the recipient of raised funds is the Town of Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation. The Outdoor Games has undergone enormous growth over the past four years, and this year there will be a small admission charge to the Bohn Park venue. The admission charge will act as a donation to the event’s original philanthropic intent. Lyons Outdoor Games tickets can be purchased for $10/adult and $5/child at https://www.racedirectorsolutions.com/EventRegistration/EventRegistrations/2777, or purchased on-site on June 4th.
“Lyons Outdoor Games helps the Town of Lyons - and the department - in a lot of different ways,” says Park and Recreation Director, David Cosgrove. “It brings in a lot of people who support the local restaurants and businesses, and all of the revenue that’s generated from the alcohol sales, vendors, registration fees, and various admissions fees go directly to the Parks and Recreation department.”
This year there will be a bigger-than-ever Kids Outdoor Games area, as well as the much-loved river events - the Adam Barron Memorial Creek Race, the Freestyle Rodeo, Slalom kayak and canoe races, and for the first time ever, whitewater clinics with renowned instructors. In Bohn Park, you’ll find BMX/MTB dirt jump competitions with Outlaws of Dirt, Spirit Hound Distillers’ Cornhole Tournament, slackline performances and free clinics with Slackline Industries, a disc golf course with Longs Peak Disc Golf Club, Adventure Fit’s Beer Relay, Warrior Playground – an outdoor obstacle course inspired by American Ninja Warrior, and an AcroYoga Clinic with Guy Ohm.
“Many local kids have competed in Lyons Outdoor Games and have initiated and excelled in athletic careers because of the kayaking culture in Lyons,” says Hayden. “As an example - Parks and Rec provides kayak rolling sessions during the winter at a nearby pool, and every Friday the pool is full of kids having a blast learning to roll a kayak.”
In addition to these activities, Lyons’ own Oskar Blues brewery will hold their wildly popular Burning Can beer festival on June 4, helping Games-goers stay hydrated. A portion of Burning Can proceeds will also be donated to Parks and Rec. Purchase Burning Can Festival tickets (which include admission to the Outdoor Games) at http://burningcan.com/locations/lyons-colorado.
And, since no sound epitomizes Lyons like the notes of music skipping along the banks of the St Vrain River, Lyons Outdoor Games is stoked to announce that the Dirty Dozen Brass Band - and opening acts Big Thompson Flood and Na’an Stop - will close out the day’s events in Bohn Park.
The Lyons Outdoor Games of 2016 may seem like a more grown-up version of the original Lyons Whitewater Festival, but the spirit of adventure and outreach that the kayakers with the keg of beer were celebrating in Meadow Park 15 years ago has just grown stronger over time.
“In one event we accomplish so many things,” says event director and Lyons local Rebecca Louzan with Onda Creative. “We get our community outside at the beginning of summer, we provide inspiring adventure for kids, we groom young, local athletes, we expose our crowds to extreme sports like whitewater, BMX, and slackline, we provide Zero Waste awareness, we produce a under-the-stars concert with talented local and national touring acts… and at the end of the day each attendee can great about their well-spent dollars because it contributes to this impactful fundraiser for our town’s parks and outdoors culture.”
Lyons Outdoor Games, June 3-4, 2016
A fundraiser for the Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation
Advance tickets: $10/adult, $5/child
The Lyons Outdoor Games is a Town of Lyons-owned event, produced by Onda Creative www.ondacreative.com
Mark your calendar for the Lyons Outdoor Games and Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival set to take place Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4. The music headliner for this year’s Town of Lyons Parks & Rec. fundraiser is Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a New Orleans-based brass
band that revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop. The group has been a vital influencer on the majority of brass bands.
The Burning Can (notjusta) beer fest will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited four-ounce samples, entry into the Lyons Outdoor Games, and live music. VIP tickets are $60 and include a souvenir drinking glass, entry to the beer fest at 3 p.m., and a VIP badge. For a list of the 60+ breweries, more information, and a link to purchase tickets visit www.burningcan.com.
Lyons Outdoor Games features participant and spectator sport competitions including The Beer Relay, a team-trail running and beer-drinking event. This four-hour competition is run in teams of two or four. Runners will complete as many 5K laps as possible within the four-hour time period. If they choose to drink an Oskar Blues beer prior to their lap, they get two-minutes deducted from their lap time. The team with the most laps wins.
Those who’d rather spectate than participate can watch world-class athletes competing in both open and professional competitions. The day’s line-up includes Outlaws of Dirt DMX/Dirt Jump competitions, the class IV+ Adam Barron Memorial Creek Race, the Freestyle Kayaking Competition, and Slalom Kayak Competition. Watch legendary mountain bike free-riding and trials rider, Jeff Lenosky, perform jaw-dropping, not-to-be-missed demos. Lenosky is a three-time National Champion and World Record Holder for the highest bunny hop on a mountain bike (45.5 inches). In addition there will also be an Open Corn Hole Tournament and slackline demos with Slackline Industries.
This Burning Can (notjusta) Beer Fest raises money for the CAN’d Aid Foundation while collaborating with the Lyons Outdoor Games to raise funds for the Town of Lyons Parks & Rec. department. The CAN’d Aid Foundation is all about diggin’ in and makin’ a difference with their “do-goodery” program areas: Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails, and Love Yur Mama. The two-year-old public charity has raised nearly two million dollars and has recently provided disaster relief assistance to South Carolina, North Texas and Flint, Michigan with fresh drinking water and rebuilding efforts through its “Towns” program. Look for additional events highlighting CAN’d Aid Foundation’s community do-goodery to surround their future events, including bike builds and giveaways, free music workshops, and instrument donations.
Camping will available on Saturday night in Bohn Park. Camping spaces are currently being sold through the Lyons Outdoor Games website: www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com.
See detailed results for the Lyons Outdoor Games at PaddleTools.com (click here)
Special thanks to Team Colorado Whitewater Racing Club for their dedicated support and sponsorship.
Slackline Comp Results:
Organizers of the Lyons Outdoor Games came to s2o with an urgent request: Can you pull together whitewater for this year’s Lyons Outdoor Games? A 1-in-500 year flood event devastated the town of Lyons, CO in 2013 and damaged a large swath of Town around the river. While the Town is committed to continuing its outdoor games, venues have needed to be recreated in order to host many of the events. S2o was asked to help create both the Slalom and Freestyle venues. S2o worked with the Town of Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Events and the local parks and recreation commission as well as organizers of the Outdoor Games to create the whitewater park needed for the games to occur.
S2o donated more than $10,000 in in-kind services and also sponsored the event. As a part of its efforts S2o worked with local stakeholders to design and lay-out the slalom and freestyle venues and then applied for USACE and FEMA permits required to work in the active waterway. The improvements included repair of a freestyle feature at the Black Bear hole and stabilization of the riverbed at the former location of the “A-Hole”, installation of a bendway weir to redirect flow off the south bank, and random boulder placements for slalom eddies and character.
The redesign has been a resounding success. The Freestyle feature is in and creates a great venue for the competition. The new eddies and pools also create a much better reach for the slalom races during this year’s Lyons Outdoor Games. “We are so excited to have world-class features for this year’s outdoor games” said event Organizer Rebecca Louzan, “we look forward to having some of the country’s best paddlers here on May 30th for the games”.
The Lyons Outdoor Games is a premier Colorado outdoor lifestyle, adventure sport and music festival. There will be a number of events focused around Bohn Park including a kid’s climbing wall and drink craft microbrew from over 50 craft microbreweries around the country. There will also be a number of world class athletes competing in professional kayaking, dirt jumping and slacklining comps! Visitors can sign up for this year’s Beer Relay or kick off your flip flops and jump on a slackline. Music will be performed by national touring acts and there will be concessions for food and beverages.
S2o is excited to have helped make this event happen. We are proud to provide our services to enhance great events like the Lyons Outdoor Games and to make Lyons a better place to live, visit, and recreate in.
See the full Press Release on the S2O Website.
The country's first ever active beer fest combines bikes and beats
with craft beer at Lyons' Bohn Park on May 30
Lyons, CO - Oskar Blues BURNING CAN Fest returns to celebrate CANned craft beers in the brewery's original hometown of Lyons on May 30. More than 60 craft breweries will be serving up everything that craft beer-in-a-CAN offers: fresh, easily portable, and earth-friendly. The all-day festival also includes the Lyons Outdoor Games, The Beer Relay, and live tunes. New Orleans-based soul & blues act, The Revivalists, will continue the party with a free concert after the beer tasting to celebrate Oskar Blues' recent launch in the band's home state of Louisiana.
Live music is free and starts at 5 p.m. with local faves The Big Thompson Flood, followed by raucous Americana group Interstate Stash Express. Then The Revivalists take the stage at 8 p.m.
Oskar Blues Crowler will provide breweries that don't CAN, but still want to pour at the Festival, a chance to fill CROWLERS with their own beers. A Crowler™ (CAN + growler) is a 32-ounce CAN filled with fresh craft beer from the source. It's one of the newest innovations coming from Oskar Blues Brewery and development partner Ball Corporation--pioneers of the American craft beer in-a-CAN movement.
The beer fest part of Burning Can will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited four-ounce samples, free entry into the Lyons Outdoor Games, and The Revivalists concert. VIP tickets are $60 and include a souvenir drinking glass, entry to the beer fest at 3 p.m. and a VIP badge.
For a list of the 50+ breweries, more information, and a link to purchase tickets, visitwww.burningcan.com.
Lyons Outdoor Games features participant and spectator sport competitions including The Beer Relay. Designed by Adventure Fit to blend craft beer culture with the adventurous outdoor lifestyle, The Beer Relay debuts at Bohn Park on May 30 and at Oskar Blues' REEB Ranch near Brevard, North Carolina, on July 18. Teams of two or more will run a 5K trail course, relay-style, running one or more laps per person. Runners who drink a 12-ounce Oskar Blues beer before their lap earn a two-minute deduction from the lap time. The team that completes the most laps in six hours wins. In between laps, runners can watch other sport events, take a quick bike ride, or just relax. Prizes will go to top teams in multiple categories. Registration is now open atwww.thebeerrelay.com. There also will be activities for families, including a kids and family climbing wall, a kayak pool and more.
Those who'd rather spectate than participate can watch world-class athletes competing in both open and professional competitions. The day's line-up includes BMX/Dirt Jump competitions, the class IV+ Adam Barron Memorial Creek Race, the Freestyle Kayaking Competition and Slalom Kayak Competition, Open Cornhole Tournament and slackline demos with Slackline Industries.
What would a CANNED beer festival at an outdoor-sports celebration be without RECYCLING? Burning Can raises money for CAN'd Aid Foundation, the non-profit side of Oskar Blues Brewery dedicated to giving back and making a difference. As part of CAN'd Aid's "Crush It Crusade", a national recycling initiative, cans collected throughout the day from the 50+ craft breweries will be used to create an 11-foot tall "Burning CAN Man." This up-cycled art piece conceived by Amanda Wilshire of AWD Art Works, in partnership with the "Crush It Crusade", will give Burning CAN revelers a chance to crush, recycle and help build the man. Look for CAN'd Aid's eye-catching recycling stations, granted to the Town of Lyons last summer, throughout Bohn Park, as places to corral all waste, recycling and compost.
Camping will available on Saturday night in Bohn Park. Camping spaces are currently being sold through the Lyons Outdoor Games website. Discounted lodging options are also available through the Best Western Plus in Longmont for Saturday night. The Oskar Blues trolley will be shuttling Burning CAN-goers from the Best Western Plus to Bohn Park and back starting at 2 p.m.
For a full schedule of the day's events, go to:
Stay tuned for Burning Can North Carolina on July 18 and 19 at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC.
The Lyons Outdoor Games announces free Revivalists concert on May 30th to raise funds for the flood-recovering town of Lyons, Colorado
Weekend camping in Bohn Park, Lyons will make for a high-energy festival experience during this fundraiser event for the Town of Lyons Parks, Recreation and Cultural Department. On Friday evening the Class IV+ Adam Barron Memorial Creek Race will return for the first time since the 2013 Floods, and a full day of adventure-sporting events will take place from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, May 30th. Events will include Sunrise Yoga on the Green, pro BMX/mountain biking competition, slackline events, acro yoga demo & workshop, open and pro slalom and freestyle kayaking and over 50 craft breweries featured at the 4th annual Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival. As a family-friendly event, the Kids Outdoor Games area will include a rock climbing wall, a kayak pool with kayak instruction courses, face painting and more. Sign up for the newest participatory event, the Beer Relay, Colorado’s only Endurance Drinking and Running event and a 6 hour trail running relay where runners can optionally drink a beer before each 5km lap to gain time bonuses.
The Lyons Outdoor Games and The Revivalists concert are free-admission events. Big Thompson Flood and Interstate Stash Express will open for New Orleans-based American soul and blues band, The Revivalists. The Lyons community welcomes the arrival of the Revivalists who helped shape a New Orleans fundraiser last year as an emergency flood relief fundraiser for the hard-hit community of Lyons.
On-site camping and parking for a rounded festival experience is encouraged both Friday and Saturday nights at Bohn Park, Lyons and camping/parking proceeds will go to the Town of Lyons Parks, Recreation and Cultural Events Department. Local mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing and small Colorado-town shopping promises a full weekend of adventure for everyone. Title Sponsorship opportunities for the Lyons Outdoor Games are still available - check the website for details.
About the Lyons Outdoor Games
The Lyons Outdoor Games is a Town of Lyons project founded as a small whitewater festival by locals seeking to find adventure in the great outdoors of Colorado. Over the past decade, it has evolved into a must-attend event on the front range of Colorado, drawing thousands of people each year to celebrate adventure, the great outdoors and the spirit of a true community who has survived one of the largest national disasters in the state. The mission of the Lyons Outdoor Games is to raise funds and awareness for the Town of Lyons Park, Recreation and Cultural Department and to keep the Front Range growing as a vibrant, unique and outdoor-oriented Colorado community. Our vision is simple: for every person to leave the Lyons Outdoor Games stoked to live a more adventurous life! For more information visit www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com
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