Schedule

BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration 2020 will be held on the third weekend in September, 2020 (Sept. 18-20, 2020).  Go to our BIKEREG site to register for the RIDE, which will take place on Sunday Sept. 20, 2020. We are offering lots of options during registration in case we have to completely cancel – but with an event as compact as ours and with so many route options and starting times – we are optimistic.

At a Glance

Friday, September 18, 2020

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Signing up is easy! Register through BikeReg to take advantage of online pricing. 

Details

Friday, September 18, 2020

Fire up for the coming autumnal equinox!

(Vicksburg, MI; all day)
Start your Fall Bike Celebration Weekend in the quaint and friendly Village of Vicksburg, MI. This charming Southwest Michigan community…where everyone seems to know each other and is willing to lend a hand…is offering a warm welcome for bicyclists. The village is generously hosting a number of special activities in addition to its many everyday attractions. Vicksburg is a great place to explore — and will be handing you a passport to a great day and night of good old fashioned enjoyment! Get directions here.

Bring your Frisbie Golf Discs! (7am-10:15pm)

Open Play at Vicksburg’s top-rated Disc Golf Course set in the heart of Vicksburg’s Recreation Area (official address: 12538 S. Sprinkle Road). DG Course Review rated Vicksburg’s Disc Golf course in the top five within a 100 miles* and it has played host to a PDGA amateur national championship. The course offers views of nearby Sunset Lake and provides an amazing opportunity for fun and outdoor adventure with permanent baskets and the thrill of competing on a national course.  The course is free and open to the attendees. (*as of June 30, 2019) Get directions here.

Vicksburg Historic Village (1-5pm)

The Vicksburg Historic Village will transport you back in time to the turn of the century (1890-1932). The wonderfully designed village offers period buildings teeming with historic artifacts that tell the story of life in a small rural village. What’s more, it is located right next door to the Farmer’s Market! It has the same hours on Saturday and Sunday … we’re happily featuring it on Friday and Sunday as one of the many special attractions Vicksburg has to offer as it welcomes everyone on this Fall Bike Celebration Weekend. Docents will be on hand from time to time to provide helpful background and answer your questions. Location: 300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg, MI 49097. Get directions here.

Vicksburg Farmers Market (2-6pm)

The food is farm fresh and the pies and muffins scrumptous. If you aren’t there to grab a bite, mosey by to catch some live music if it is back in full swing (as it was last year, COVID-19 permitting, etc.), which often takes on a lively bluegrass, country and sweet folk flavor. Stop by and you’ll find out what makes this one of the most popular Farmers Markets in the area, set in the Vicksburg Historic Village. The Timber Framers Guild put every one of those 30,000 board feet of lumber to good use in their wonderful open air pavilion–check out the joinery. Location: 300 N. Richardson St. Get directions here.

Webinar – Effects of Safe Bicycle Passing Laws on Drivers’ Behavior and Bicyclists’ Safety (4-5pm)

Internationally recognized expert Jun Oh (Western Michigan University) will present the effect of passing distance laws on driver perception and behavior when passing bicycles. Dr. Oh will describe how bicycle passing distances were measured with an instrumented bicycle in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing and South Bend, and explain the survey conducted to determine drivers’ awareness and the effect of bicycle passing laws on drivers’ behavior. Learn the vitally important results first-hand. Pre-registration required; RSVP by 9pm Sept. 15; space is limited. Sign on info will be sent to those pre-registered. Preregister by clicking here.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Pre-Registration Packet Pick-Up (noon-1pm)

By golly we are going first class by giving pre-registered riders a way to pick up their information on Saturday and enjoy a delicious ice cream cone at Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor. This year we are giving Pre-Registered riders a special treat by making it possible to enjoy your ice cream Saturday OR Sunday any time Apple Knockers is open! This year we won’t be able to offer the popular “social hour” we’d normally have but we want you to enjoy your view of Sunset Lake and ice cream, with your trusted circle…at a time that works best for you, even if it is after your ride. We will also try to make available information about biking, bike camps and related programs. Location: 220 W Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

Ice Cream at Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor (Saturday AND Sunday)

Pre-registration for the Bike Ride Event on Sunday includes a tasty cone at one of the best ice cream parlors/waterfront restaurants around, served at Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor on the shores of Sunset Lake. Bring your camera — thar’s a ship that’s ready to sail out of the Apple Knocker wharf that you won’t want to miss. Location: 220 W Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

Vicksburg Historic Village (1-5pm)

The Vicksburg Historic Village will transport you back in time to the turn of the century (1890-1932). The wonderfully designed village offers period buildings teeming with historic artifacts that tell the story of life in a small rural village. What’s more, it is located right next door to the Farmer’s Market! It has the same hours on Saturday … we’re happily featuring it on Friday and Sunday as one of the many special attractions Vicksburg has to offer as it welcomes everyone on this Fall Bike Celebration Weekend! Location: 300 N Richardson St; Vicksburg MI 49097 Get directions here.

Guided Walking Tour & Presentation: Vicksburg Quilt Trail (1-2pm)

Vicksburg District Library & Downtown Vicksburg
The Quilt Trail movement began in Ohio in 2001 and spread country wide. The Vicksburg Quilt Trail is the only one of its kind in Southwest Michigan, spanning some two dozen large paintings, each telling a unique story. Learn about how the quilts honor Native American spiritual elements, Biblical passages, commemorate inspirational teachings, or even echo a Signal Quilt pattern for slaves escaping north. The presentation will be made in person by Kitch & Hugh Rinehart, passionate and foresighted organizers of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail, who will explain more about how the sites for the Vicksburg Quilt Trail were chosen and how to paint your own. You’ll then be led on a tour of three quilts painted on the side of downtown historic buildings in the village. Anyone – including cyclists – interested in learning more about the quilts should make a point of joining this guided tour. Location: 215 S Michigan Ave, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

The Mill at Vicksburg Mill Project Guided Tour (2:30-4pm)

Tour the site of one of the most ambitious renovation projects around, inspired by a former resident with deep roots in Vicksburg. The $80 million renovation project includes a multiple breweries, residential and office facilities, a 2,500 seat indoor concert venue, plus beautiful grounds that will eventually play host to outdoor events for 10,000 or more people.  If there is time you may be able to view their seven acre pollinator garden habitat, as well. Birds love it. We are told the sunflowers will be looking fantastic. Tour subject to safety considerations. Location: 300 W Hwy St, Vicksburg, MI 49097; look for signs once parked.Get directions here.

Saturday Evening, September 19, 2020

Dining in the Village

Local venues may offer live entertainment with food and beverage items on the side. Or is it the other way around?  Or could the entertainment be your the owner, your server or a trusted circle of ride buddies? If you are riding a more leisurely route on Sunday and not attending a (hoped-for) concert, might we suggest a stroll through Vicksburg, perhaps catching some views of Sunset Lake, as a pleasant way to top off the night before your Fall Bike Celebration Ride the next day? Location(s): Vicksburg, MI 49097Get directions here.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fall Bike Celebration Ride (7:30am-5pm)

All routes start & finish at Vicksburg Historic Village
Registration Opens: 7:30am – Registration Closes: Noon – Ride/Area Clean Up & Close: 5pm
Routes, Suggested Start Times, Approximate Distances on Routes page
Your Fall Bike Celebration Ride registration includes the Saturday evening Ice Cream Social and Sunday’s Fall Bike Celebration Ride, with water, food, snacks and treats at key locations. Camaraderie and smiles all around are a sure thing. Route maps and cue sheets will be provided. Location: 300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

On any given day these routes are hauntingly beautiful, offer stunning photo ops and are best experienced at a bicyclist’s pace. Sharp-eyed riders should be able to find at least one of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings on every route. No other community in Southwest Michigan has such a trail.

BFK’s Public Bike Art Competition Award Ceremony (4:30pm)

BFK’s Public Bike Art Competition Awards Ceremony will distribute $1,750 in juried cash prizes offered to artists in a nation-wide competition that opened in July. The intent of the art work is to express the joys of bicycling, in a form suitable for public display on large banners mounted on street poles throughout municipalities and other public spaces. Location: 300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.


BFK has long been a champion of the many positive values embodied in bicycling. We also appreciate that empirical research, the arts and other creative, soul lifting endeavors add even more joy and interest to the bicycling experience. Stay turned to our web page for other Fall Bike Celebration events related to artistic enhancement to local bike trails and intellectual / engineering developments that can help make cycling safer and even more fun for everyone.

There will be more to BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration Weekend in the years to come, if the fantastic citizens of our greater community have anything to say about it. We hope you can join us in this great annual event!

BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration started out with the simple idea that we wanted a way to properly thank the volunteers, organizers and sponsors of Kalamazoo (Area) Bike Beek 2019. It could have been done with a hearty handshake and a slice of pizza, and everyone would have been happy. But then we realized that for Bike Week to be sustainable, we had to find a way to fund it on into the future. Doh! Aha! Hmmm… The great ideas just kept coming, and led to the Fall Bike Celebration Weekend. The Weekend keeps Bike Week going and supports many other great bicycling and community causes as well.

Register online through BikeReg to take advantage of online pricing or pay in person on Ride day. 

* Schedule is subject to change without notice — more featured attractions are in the works!  If we can pull off a benefit concert it will serve the community in many ways. For example, the performance may be broadcast / live-streamed in a way that helps community leaders build a “playbook” to help them produce other virtual performances while letting the community tune in to a great show without having to leave home. If we don’t secure a more public venue, a very small live performance may be held privately in compliance with prevailing authorities. Stay tuned!