FIBArk 2016 Festival
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FIBArk 2016

fibarkFIBArk started in June 1949 when 23 brave souls in six boats headed out onto the Arkansas River to face the 57 miles of mighty whitewater rapids through the Royal Gorge and down to Canon City.  Only 2 participants passed the finish line that year.  FIBArk or “First In Boating the Arkansas” has been around ever since and phrases like “Whitewater hell” and “The meanest stretch of whitewater in the world” are used to describe this incredible event.  Held in Salida, CO this year's FIBArk will feature a crazy river dog contest, mountain bike racing, trail running, and free live music between June 16th and June 19th.   
Thursday June 16th kicks off with a Numbers Boater Cross Race along with a freestyle race for the kiddos.  Be sure to stay around the tapping of the keg and the Eddyline Beer Garden.  Friday will be filled with a pancake breakfast, preliminaries for freestyle boating for kiddos, men & women AND stand up paddleboard surfing.  Saturday and Sunday are jam packed with the actual races, trail running races, and the crazy river dog contest.  Music will kick off in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday.  Saturday and Sunday bands will be jamming all day long so that you can take a break between either competing or cheering on competitors to show everyone your dance moves.  
fibarkThe festival is organized and presented by a group of dedicated volunteers who want to share their love for the river with the community.  Sponsors like Eddyline Brewery, a local Buena Vista brewery & restaurant that features Colorado grown food, help make this phenomenal river party possible.  To get in on the action, guided rafting trips are available along the Arkansas River – offering options for the novice whitewater rafter to the experienced, adrenaline-fueled whitewater enthusiast.  Get ready for some fantastic times on the water and pair it off with some live music and drinks at FIBArk!