BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration is held annually on the third weekend in September. In 2021 that’s September 17-19. Registration for Sunday’s bike tour is now OPEN on our BIKEREG site. This wonderfully scenic “Quilt Barn, Bridge & Buggy” tour of the countryside will take place on Sunday Sept. 19, 2021 starting and ending the grounds of the Vicksburg Historic Village. Plans are underway for some exciting featured events on Friday and Saturday — stay tuned from some BIG REVEALS in April!
UPDATES COMING as our schedule firms up a bit. Until then, the rest of this page outlines 2020’s Schedule.
BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration 2020 [WAS] held on the third weekend in September, 2020 (Sept. 18-20, 2020) — this great poster sums it up! Tickets — in advance or at the door — [WERE] also required for our live outdoor lawn chair “BIKES & BLUEGRASS BENEFIT CONCERT” on Saturday Sept. 19, from 4-6pm, sponsored by the Gilmore Car Museum and The Vicksburg Foundation.
At a Glance
Friday, September 18, 2020
- Fire up for the autumnal equinox! (Vicksburg, MI; all day)
- Bring your Frisbie Golf Discs! (10am-2pm; free clinics at noon & 1pm)
- Webinar – Bike Commuting Tips & Bronson Hospital’s Bike2Work Program (noon-12:45pm)
- Vicksburg Historic Village (1-5pm)
- Vicksburg Farmers Market (2-6pm)
- Webinar – What Is the Effect of Bicycle Passing Laws? (4-5pm; pre-registration required)
Saturday, September 19, 2020
- Pre-Registration Packet Pick-Up (noon-1pm)
- Ice Cream at Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor (Pre-Registered Riders; Saturday & Sunday!)
- Vicksburg Historic Village (1-5pm)
- Live AND Virtual Presentation: Vicksburg Quilt Trail (1-2pm)
- The Mill at Vicksburg Virtual Tour (2:30-2:45pm)
- Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band Benefit Concert (4-6pm)
- Dining in the Village
Sunday, September 20, 2020
- Fall Bike Celebration Ride (Many Routes; Vicksburg Historic Village; 7:30am-5pm)
- BFK’s Public Bike Art Competition Award Ceremony (Vicksburg Historic Village; 4:30pm)
Friday, September 18, 2020
Fire up for the 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 cyclists and 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! (10am-2pm; free clinics at noon & 1pm)
Come give Disc Golf a try for free, sponsored courtesy of K’Aces Disc Golf. There will be a clinic on how to play at noon at 1pm. 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 attendees. Contact Larry Labond at email@example.com for more information. (*as of June 30, 2019) Get directions here.
Webinar – Bike Commuting Tips & Bronson Hospital’s Bike2Work Program (noon-12:45pm)
Are you thinking about starting a bike to work program at your organization? Want to learn more about bike commuting from someone who has been doing it for years? In this practical webinar, experienced commuter cyclist Paul Guthrie will cover important elements of Bronson Methodist Hospital’s Bike2Work program, which helped Bronson earn the League of American Bicyclists Gold Level Bike Friendly Business Award. He’ll describe the many benefits of bike commuting to work. You’ll hear valuable tips for safe bicycle commuting as Paul shares his ideas and lessons learned. Sign into the webinar about 5 minutes before noon on Friday September 18 by clicking 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 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. 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 and you will get a chance to admire the beautiful pavilion itself. 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. On Thursday we were informed that Dr. Oh will kindly open the webinar per these Zoom sign on instructions.
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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. 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 cyclist’s-size 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 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.
Virtual AND Live Presentation: Vicksburg Quilt Trail (1-2pm)
Main St. Pub, 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 — and using Zoom so that others can join from the comfort of home — by Kitch & Hugh Rinehart, passionate and foresighted organizers of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail. They will explain more about how the Quilt Trail sites were chosen and how to paint your own. Anyone – including cyclists – interested in learning more about the quilts should make a point of joining this engrossing visual, cultural and historical history tour. Location: 208 E Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Pre-registration required for virtual participants; RSVP by 9pm Sept. 15; space is limited. Sign on info will be sent to those pre-registered.
Preregister for the virtual presentation by clicking here prior to the RSVP time & date.
Walk-ins are welcome without pre-registering, for the in-person presentation but space is limited. Get directions to Main St. Pub here.
The Mill at Vicksburg Virtual Tour (2:30-2:45pm)
Take a virtual tour of one of the most ambitious renovation projects around, inspired by a former Vicksburg resident with deep roots in the community. The $80 million renovation project includes plans for craft beverage production, lodging and conference spaces, multiple indoor performance and gathering places, plus over 100 acres of beautiful grounds that will eventually play host to outdoor events.
To drive by the site in person, you can see it at 300 W Hwy St, Vicksburg, MI 49097. Get directions here.
UPDATE: We have just been given a link to the Mill Virtual Tour. Click here to take the tour right now! The Mill has kindly allowed us to keep the link active throughout the Fall Bike Celebration Weekend. Be sure to enjoy it soon — the link expires on Wednesday, September 23rd.
Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band Benefit Concert (4-6pm)
The Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, MI is the stage for the “Through the Decades Bluegrass Style” outdoor concert featuring the Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band, right on the museum’s historic campus. By special arrangement your entry price to the museum includes the concert: $16 Adults 18 years and over and $11 for youth 11 – 17 years. The Schlitz Creek Bluegrass band may be stretching things when bragging they are from “the mountains of Kalamazoo” but isn’t boasting when it claims it plays “Bluegrass with some bite.” Don’t miss the hot pickin’ and smooth vocal harmonizations of the Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band – the band’s high energy stage show makes Schlitz Creek a crowd favorite. The concert will take place on the Campania Barn show grounds so guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the outdoor concert. Be sure to come early as there is limited capacity. Face coverings are required indoors and in several outdoor areas. For this concert Schlitz Creek has put together a special selection of bluegrass through the decades. While you are at the museum, browse the Gilmore Car Museum’s 90-acre socially distanced historic campus and more than 20 buildings. Must-see displays include many beautifully restored historic bicycles, in one of the only museums to have such bike related exhibits for miles around!
Location: 6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. 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 the owner, your server or a trusted circle of ride buddies? If you are riding a more leisurely route on Sunday and whether or not you are going to the 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 49097 Get 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
All routes will be well marked, 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.
Bike Friendly Kalamazoo has long been a champion of the many positive values embodied in bicycling. We appreciate that the arts and other creative, soul lifting endeavors can add even more joy and interest to the bicycling experience. The Fall Bike Celebration events related to artistic enhancement – whether on the road or on the trails – help make cycling more rewarding 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. We are offering lots of options during registration in case we have to completely cancel – but with a ride as compact as ours and with so many route options and starting times – we are optimistic.
* Schedule is subject to change without notice — more featured attractions are in the works in the years to come! Since necessity is the mother of invention, we are making the best of these difficult times by offering some of our presentations into a webinar format. The live benefit concert will serve the community in many ways. For example, the performance may be broadcast / live-streamed, helping community leaders build a “playbook” for producing other virtual performances while letting the community tune in to a great show without having to leave home. Stay tuned!