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Fests | New Belgium DC Tour de Fat

New Belgium has been hosting Tour de Fat now for over 16 years, and since I’ve heard about it coming to DC, I’ve wanted to attend. DC seems to be their first stop, meaning it’s at the beginning of summer. Every year I’ve wanted to go, it was on a weekend where we had a trip planned. This year however, we had nothing that conflicted, so became high priority. Sadly, DC has been having a record wet spring, including a rain storm passing through the day of the event. Watching the weather closely, I noticed the dark green radar cloud quickly moving away. So I got all my gear together and took the little guy out to see the sights. Events were listed as starting around 10am, so I wanted to get there early, so we could make a day out of it without impacting nap time. We apparently were really early though. Add in the uncertainty of the rain, and it was like a ghost town. A lot of vendors and displays were being set up, while others were being taken down. With the past rain, a lot of events and attractions were canceled, including the bike parade. Seemed most of which were for the kids.

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Photo of Eli in a frame with the main stage and band in the background.

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VIP drinking area, never really got packed.

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Beer lines. Not open yet.

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Beer tokens. $5 per each.

We pushed forward though, and checked out a few of the sights. With no one there, it was great for Eli to be able to toddle around. After checking out the band for a bit, we headed over to Le Tigre to see the yo-yo show. Sadly, this show was canceled and they recommended we head back to the main stage for the fashion show. Figured if we were going to be here for a little bit, it was safe to buy a couple of beers. Seems we were early on that front as well, since beers weren’t being sold till noon. Was able to grab one though, and we started following a group of clowns on a trike back to the main stage for the fashion show. One of the clowns stripped down to his speedos and did some slip and sliding.

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Fashion show with clown slip & slide.

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Cupid on portable karaoke stage.

It was back to Le Tigre at this point. The main stage and Le Tigre were on opposite ends of the venue and required crossing the Yards Park bridge. Didn’t realize I was going to be getting a nice little work out in. We made it to the next show, which was Adam Kuchler. It was a fun little show and had some juggling involved, so the little guy was definitely being entertained. Definitely worth the trip. We saw that there was a puppetry show starting a little later, so we quickly headed to the BBQ Bus for lunch. We grabbed a plate full of BBQ pork, baked beans, and mashed potatoes and headed back to Le Tigre. The puppetry show by Vanessa Valliere wasn’t what we were expecting, not sure a lot of the kids who came into the show understood what was going on. It was a cool concept though, and had some good laughs for the older crowd.

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Adam Kuchler with a juggling act.

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Puppet Show with Vanessa Valliere

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BBQ Bus – Pulled pork, baked beans, & mashed potatoes.

At this point, it was getting close to nap time. So we decided to head out. We missed the slow bike ride and never saw who one the New Belgium bike. By this point, the crowd had grown, and there was a long line for beer. I was out of tokens and realized that they had Carnie Blood on tap, so missed out on that one. Though the rain literally put a damper on things, it was a great event regardless. Now that we know what to expect, we are definitely looking forward to next year, hopefully the weather holds up then.

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More of a crowd and lines for Carnie Blood.

Tour de Fat – http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/washington
Adam Kuchler – http://www.adamkuchler.com/
BBQ Bus – http://www.bbqbusdc.com/
Vanessa Valliere – http://www.vanessavalliere.com/

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