The Town of Lyons, Colo., announced today that despite floodwaters damaging most of its parkland, trails, and waterways, it will still hold its signature Lyons Outdoor Games multi-sport festival and the accompanying Burning Can Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31.
“The Lyons Outdoor Games is one of the premier events on the Front Range, showcasing some the country’s finest canned beer, most exciting extreme sports, and this year, Anders Osborne,” said Parks & Rec Director Dave Cosgrove. “The Games are a Lyon’s tradition. We have a long history of offering world-class opportunities to both expert and aspiring extreme athletes in kayaking, mountain biking, and rock climbing, among others. The floods devastated our town, but not our adventurous spirit.”
The event will be held in unaffected portions of Bohn Park and will include the Outlaws of Dirt BMX series, a rugby tournament, limited pro kayaking events (slalom, freestyle, and BoaterX), plus a family friendly area with slacklining, a climbing wall, and a strider bike area for kids. New Orleans national touring act Anders Osborne will headline Saturday night’s concert, and the Burning Can Beerfest will bring more than 40 national canning breweries to Lyons.
Bringing the Games back is an important way to revitalize Lyons, stated Chad Melis, Oskar Blues’ Marketing Director and the Director of CAN’d AID, the non-profit fundraising arm of Oskars.
“The Games brings together many aspects that create the social fabric of this creative and outdoors centric communiMelis explained. “We have celebrated the Games under views of Steamboat Mountain and Rocky Mountain National Park for 13 years, and this year it means even more to come together and continue to raise funds following the flood.”
“With the lineup of events and music that we have, this will be the Town’s finest Lyons Outdoor Games yet,” Cosgrove said. “Lyons is thrilled to be able to offer one of its flagship events as it works through its recovery efforts. We are excited to invite visitors to join us as we celebrate the outdoors and our dynamic small town.”
All proceeds from this fundraising event will be donated to Lyons’ Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Events’ rebuilding efforts. The Town needs approximately $18 million to rebuild its St. Vrain Corridor Trail, which was completely destroyed, as well as significant portions of its kayaking features and its two main parks.