Bike in, rock out: FoCo Cafe Bike-in Music Festival

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The FoCo Cafe has held a handful of fundraising events this summer, but their biggest just took place last weekend.


The second annual FoCo Cafe Bike-in Music Festival Sunday evening drew local families and bikers from all over the area. Jeff Baumgardner, co-founder of the FoCo Cafe, believes the event raked in between $6,000 to $7,000, which will help fund the diner.

The festival was held at the Shire Community Supported Agriculture Farm, located between the Spring Creek bike trail and Prospect Road, near Stover Street.

It kicked off early in the afternoon with an energetic performance by reggae group Carlton Pride & Mighty Zion. Additional acts included renowned blues guitarist Cary Morin and Americana rock band Lunde Station.

By 5 p.m., the bike racks temporarily placed near the festival entrance were almost full.

More than 250 people attended the festival, according to festival volunteer and Colorado State University alumna Liz Fabics.

“Most of them came on their bikes,” Fabics said. “It was a much better turn out than last year.”

The FoCo Cafe, a pay-what-you-can eatery set to open in Old Town this fall, organized the event. It will be the only nonprofit cafe in Fort Collins, with employment relying largely on volunteers.

Luke Hall, with some additional help from the community, manages the Shire CSA Farm year round.

When Hall was contacted by the FoCo Cafe and asked if this year’s Bike-in Music Festival could be held on his farm, he was quick to oblige.

Tickets were $15, but additional donations were encouraged and accepted. Children were allowed in free of charge.


“I’m always trying to get money out of kids, but they never have any,” Hall joked. “Of course they get in for free.”

According to Fabics, the festival was made possible with the help of nearly 40 volunteers.

Amongst numerous activities, festival goers bid on locally-made baked goods during a live dessert auction including treats from local bakeries like Butter Cream Cupcakery.

In addition to the food and beer at the festival, Lee’s Cyclery provided on-site help to any bikers in need of assistance.

“This is what people love about Fort Collins,” said Stephanie Pawlowski, local resident. “Family fun, good music and beer.”

The festival was the first of its kind at the Shire CSA Farm, but Hall hopes it will not be the last.

“It’s all about growing as a community,” Hall said.

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