Bordertown Brewfest Ales for TrailsJuly 8, 2017
The surprising mash-up of craft beer, good music and the campaign to build Fort Smith trails created the event called Bordertown Brew Fest/Ales for Trails. In equal parts, it’s a celebration of the craft beer movement with running and the dream of an interconnected trail system that is gradually encircling Fort Smith neighborhoods. The main spectacle is a fun, not-so-serious Beer Run where contestants race a 3.2-mile course. Participants (of legal age) are challenged to drink a full beer at the start, midway point and right before crossing the finish line. The non-racing audience enjoys great music, Baggo tournaments, lawn pong, socializing and tasting hundreds of craft beers from breweries both local and worldwide. More than 350 varieties are expected to be offered for tasting. Music performances by Escape Tones, the Jillia Jackson Band and Space 4 Lease will add to the relaxed atmosphere to a day intended mostly for an adult crowd. Children will be admitted. But the intention behind the fundraiser is to entertain adults to raise funds to provide all ages, through continuing trail-building, with an always-available place for the healthy activities of walking, running and biking on safe, urban trails. Encouraging progress toward the goal of realizing a connected, continuous urban trail system is happening, according to Drew Linder, a trails enthusiast speaking of the groups Park Partners and Friends of Recreational Trails. These citizen-led efforts, with the Fort Smith Parks Department, have made real the Greg Smith Trail on the Arkansas River. The Greg Smith Trail is a wide, lighted concrete walkway soon to connect Harry E. Kelly Park and Fort Smith Park. It will be the course for the Beer Run. The Greg Smith Trail now has bike repair stations with available air pumps and tools. Trail expansion continues in Chaffee Crossing and Ben Geren. The UAFS?area is a target, as well. Attending supports this goal.
Admission: General admission $10, beer tasting tickets (21+) $35. $75 VIP wristbands admit wearers to a tent w
Event Location and Contact Information:
Harry E. Kelly River Park
121 Riverfront Drive
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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