by Josh Gross
Weird went on parade in downtown Boise Saturday, Aug. 18, for Tour de Fat, the annual celebration of bikes, beer and music put on by Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium Brewing.
After a bike parade in the morning, the schenaniganry moved to the event site in Ann Morrison Park, where costumed Boiseans got down to the part about celebrating beer, and danced to tunes on the main stage, or went for a spin on one of the many ridable sculpture freak bikes New Belgium brought to the event.
Astrid Shadle, a nurse at the Boise Veterans Administration hospital, was the volunteer in this years "car for bike swap," and gave up her car for a $2,500 credit to a local bike shop of her choice. For many, this is a crazy-person plan. But Shadle went without a car for six years, so she said this feels like a return to her roots.
"i have an environmental studies degree that I want to feel like I am using," Shadle told BW.
She added that she will now save a lot on parking.
After an epic rap battle judged by a robot, the day's music was headlined by the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.