Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ride Sun Valley

The Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival

The 2nd Annual Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival showcases the area's over 400 miles of continuous singletrack (a narrow biking trail wide enough for only one bike) trail. The event is centered around some of the best race courses in the US.

Sun Valley is a bike rider's paradise with over 32 miles of multi-use paved bike paths, two bike parks, and miles of scenic road riding.

Beginning on June 29th and running through July 8th, the events at the festival are diverse and fun for bikers of all ages and skill levels.

The Ride Sun Valley Expo

The technical Expo will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. July 4-8, 2012. Located at the main entrance to the racing venue, all spectators and competitors will pass through the expo corridor daily. Top cycling vendors from around the world will be here to display new equipment and trends in cycling. If you are a rider or visitor, make time for this. It’s a candy store for mountain bike lovers.

Championship Cycling Events at Sun Valley

There will be four championship races taking place at the end of the festival (July 5 through 8): The USA Cycling's Cross Country Olympic Races (Pro and Amateur); Short Track Cross Country and the intimidating Super D Race.

Ride Sun Valley Activities and Events

These events take place at the beginning of the festival, from June 30th through July 3rd:

  • The Sun Valley All Mountain

  • Galena Grinder

  • Baldy Super Duper D

  • Fat Tire Criterium

  • Idaho Pump Track State Championship

  • Local Stoker Rides

  • Hailey 4th of July Criterium Bike Race

  • Welcome Dinner at Ketchum Downtown plaza

  • Kids Race

  • Sun Valley Shakedown

Get the details on all these events at the Ride Sun Valley Events Schedule website.

Have you Cycled in Sun Valley?

Share you experiences or pictures with us!

Sun Valley Lodging

There are a variety of great bed and breakfasts in the central region of Idaho. Check out some of out some of our high country Idaho Inns for a place to relax and refresh after all the athletics.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Malad Valley Welsh Festival

Welsh Culture and History Celebrated in Southeastern Idaho

The 8th annual Malad Valley Welsh Festival commemorates the heritage of the Welsh in southeastern Idaho with a four-day Festival that has something for everyone, Welsh or not! Located in Oneida County, the Malad Valley was originally settled by Welsh pioneers in the 1860s. One of their many Welsh traditions was an annual cultural arts event called an eisteddfod, celebrated for over 900 years. This event was held locally until it was discontinued before World War 1. The festival takes place from June 28th through July 1st.

Events at the Malad Valley Welsh Festival

Day 1:   Experts in Welsh genealogy from the Salt Lake City Family History Library will present workshops on Welsh names and language, how to conduct Welsh family research, and how to preserve photographs. Malad Valley has the largest per capita concentration of people of Welsh ancestry outside the country of Wales itself. For that reason, many residents of the Valley wanted to reestablish their Welsh roots.

Day 2:   Entertainment of all types dominate the second day, including:

  • Choral and piano concerts. The music of Evan Stephens, composer and conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will be featured at the choral concert.

  • Welsh musicians and dancers

  •  Youth presentations about local historic sites

  •  Professional presentations about Welsh culture, language, and history.  Dr. Ronald Dennis will present about the Welsh Mormon emigration to the western United States.

  •  Displays about Welsh pioneer families and pioneer games

  • Wagon rides to historic sites in Malad

  • Quilt show

  •  Biathlon

  •  Film festival

  •  Community lunch and breakfast

  • Food and home craft vendors

Day 3:   An evening program in the historic 130-year-old Presbyterian Church will feature male vocal soloists.

Directions and Location of the Malad Valley Welsh Festival

Most events are held at the Malad City Park and the town church. Take main exit to Malad. Follow Welsh and United States flags to City Park on 100 West, one block south of downtown Malad. There are many fine Idaho Bed and Breakfast options in the vicinity of Malad. Take a look at one now!

Are you Welsh?

Do you know about your Welsh heritage, or have you attended the festival in the past? Please share you experiences with us!

The Winchester Rodeo

Some of us grew up around horses and livestock. If you did, you know there is a certain comfort and familiarity to the smells of a rodeo: the dust, the leather, the horse hair and of course the cow patties.

If you a a "city slicker," than the rodeo, a quintessential American tradition, is a must-see. Get connected to how the West was won!

The Winchester Days and Rodeo is a great chance for Idahoans to get out in the summer sun and watch some wild, ruckus cowboys try to win the buckle!

Make it a long weekend and start off with a variety show at the Community Center, starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28th. The public is welcome to perform!

The main events begin on Saturday, starting with an all-you-can eat Cowboy breakfast at the Community Center. But if you're smart, you're already staying in an Idaho Panhandle B&B, where breakfast comes with the room! There are arts and crafts for sale all weekend long and at 10 a.m., the parade rolls through downtown Winchester. The rodeo starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Nez Perce Rd.

The rodeo continues on Sunday and wraps up with fireworks over Winchester lake at dusk.

Winchester Idaho Lodging & Event Information

Simply explore one of our Northern Idaho Inns for a great place to stay during your weekend. Have you visited one of these bed and breakfasts already? Tell us about your experience!

The rodeo is held on Hwy 95 between Lewiston and Cottonwood. Call (208) 924-6634 for more information.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

The Ironman Triathlon

One of the toughest events in the world of sports, more than 2,000 athletes will compete in the Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene Triathlon on June 24th. In this unbelievable race, participants will swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles in succession.

Ironman in Coeur d'Alene

Participants begin the race bright and early at 7 a.m. and have until midnight to complete the course. Ironman Coeur d’Alene starts off with a two-loop swim in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. It is a mass start, with all 2000 competitors jumping into the lake (water temp about 67 degrees) at once. The bike course takes athletes through rural northern Idaho and the run is the highlight of the race. The running course is usually lined with spectators showing their support for the competitors.

Do you want to race in the Coeur d'Alene Ironman?

The entry fee is a whopping $600, so unless you are already a trained triathlon athlete, you might want to find a beginner's race for a warmup. Although there are no qualification requirements, the race committee does recommend that you participate in a shorter triathlon. At this point, the general entry is completely sold out, but there are still spaces for those willing to make a charitable donation in conjunction with their entry fee.

Did you participate or attend the Ironman Triathlon in 2011?

If so, we would like to hear about your experiences. As a participant, do you have any tips or tricks about the route? If you were a spectator, where's the best place to watch the end of the race? What kind of other entertainment did you enjoy? Share you thought with us!

Coeur d'Alene Lodging

Whether you are interested in participating in the race, coming to support a friend or family member racing or just want to watch these incredible athletes in action, you will need a nice place to stay. Peruse our Coeur d'Alene area bed and breakfasts for a spectacular place to stay. Athletes, an innkeeper can make a special breakfast for you, ready early in the morning. When you return from the competition, a huge jacuzzi tub could be waiting for you. Friends and spectators, innkeepers are locals that know all about their town. Ask and innkeeper for the best place to see the exciting splash start, or where to watch the final moments of the race.

Kamiah Roundup Rodeo and Parade

The rodeo is something uniquely American. It harks back to an era in which cowboy was a legitimate career option and one needed a certain set of skills (on horseback!) with which to complete the job.

The days of rounding up cattle on horseback are mostly gone, but the legacy lives on all over the nation. In Kamiah, Idaho, they have put a fun twist on the rodeo weekend by adding the Spurs and Spokes Parade on Saturday, June 23rd.

Hosted by the Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA), the parade is a chance for contestants of all ages to participate in a parade done the old-fashioned way: without motors. That's right, this parade runs on human and horsepower! Expect to see stick horses, donkeys, mules, dogs, llamas, sheep and goats; anything non-motorized. It is bound to be a gas (without the exhaust)!

Wanna be part of the Parade?

If you live close by or just feel like taking part, entries for the parade need to be in before June 16. Here is a link to the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, where you can download the entry form. Have you seen the  Spurs and Spokes parade before? Tell us about your favorite entry from last year.

Where should you stay when you go to the Roundup Rodeo?

Check out the listings for our North Central Idaho Bed and Breakfasts in the land of rivers, near Kamiah. After a warm day of dusty bullriding and bucking broncos, what could feel better than a jacuzzi tub for two? Don't settle for an over-priced, under-kept motel when you could stay in affordable luxury at an Idaho B&B.

Directions and Event Info

Take Hill street from Hwy. 12, across Lawyers Creek bridge. Rodeo grounds on right.

Saturday, June 23rd. Parade begins at 4 p.m.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weiser Fiddle Contest

The National Oldtime Fiddler's Contest

Held the third week in June, from June 18th - 23rd, the contest and festival is celebrating it's 60th year this summer. A whole week of amazing fiddle music and fun activities for the family will take place in the small town of Weiser, Idaho. There are a variety of different competitions taking place over the week, with all contests open to the public.

There will be 'small fry' fiddling, a competition for the youngsters, twin fiddling and various adult rounds leading up to the grand national championship rounds on Saturday June 23rd. Check out the full schedule for the National Oldtime Fiddler's contest here.

Activities at the Weiser Fiddle Contest

In addition to the official activities provided by the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest, a number of  local organizations provide activities as fund-raisers for their organization's projects. You will also find yard sales, car shows, Bikers' Rodeo and more going on throughout the week.

The hub of the festival activity is the Bluegrass Village City Park. Here, visitors can look at arts and crafts and purchase a variety of delicious foods from vendors. Also in the park is the entertainment stage, where entertainment begins around noon on Tuesday and goes until around 9:30 each evening through Saturday. Full of trees, the park is a shady and cool place to spend a summer day.

The Kids Side of the Bluegrass Festival

A highlight for the youngsters is our the carnival. The carnival runs Wednesday through Saturday and is located at Memorial Park, a few blocks directly north of City Park.  Discount tickets are available through Tuesday of Fiddle Week for All-You-Can-Ride wristbands at significant savings over purchase at carnival box office.  Tickets are available from our office at 2235 Paddock Avenue (Slocum Hall) and at numerous businesses around town, also at Weiser Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday: The Big Parade and the Battle of the Bands

The number of entrants in the parade more than doubled in the last two years!   The Battle of the Bluegrass Bands takes place on Saturday afternoon right after the parade.  All this and much more await your pleasure on the Festival side of things.

Have you attended the Weiser Fiddle Contest?

If you have already been to the fiddle contest, or you have competed in the past, we'd love to hear about your experiences! If you have plans to go this year, what are you looking forward to most?

Lodging in Weiser

Find the perfect place to stay during your visit at one of our Canyon Country Bed and Breakfasts, located in South Western Idaho.