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"Choose your own adventure": Boise Goathead Fest kicks off August 1

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 19:38:45-04

BOISE, Idaho — The 2020 Boise Goathead Fest is scheduled to kick off on August 1, with a twist. This year's goathead fest is a "choose your own adventure" costumed bike ride that begins and ends in your own driveway, and is centered around a live-streamed radio show on Radio Boise. The show will air from 9 to 5 p.m. and provide a guiding voice and soundtrack to the day's events.

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At 10:30 a.m., people should head out, in costume, and go to one of the main roll-through Goathead Patch Parties to pick up a map, get their photo taken and play some games without even getting off their bike. Organizers of the Fest say their goal is to have a Goathead Patch Party within one to three miles of most homes in Boise. Right now there are locations at Meriwether Cider (5242 Chinden Blvd), Lost Grove Brewing (1026 S. La Pointe St.) and The Switchback (3000 S. Old Hickory Way).

After the party, it is basically a choose your own adventure type of day. Organizers say you can do any of the following to celebrate:

  • Head home and party in your front yard
  • Pre-order eats and drinks from one of our Bonafide Boise Bike-Throughs (Food and Beverage Partners)
  • Take 5/soak shade/picnic at one of our community parks.
  • Swing by as many hourly Nutlet Parties as possible (roll-through experiences hosted by community members all over town)
  • Find a cool-down station (refill your water and/or get blasted by ice-cold water)
  • Catch all of the Goathead Monsters (Local monster art hidden all over Boise)

“We knew we could keep the Goathead pulling aspect alive, but with the COVID and the need to socially distance, all bets were off for the festival and parade," said Jimmy Hallyburton, Founder / Executive Director of the Boise Bicycle Project. "So rather than spend time planning an event that might be canceled, we reinvented Boise Goathead Fest. What we came up with for August 1st 2020 will be a truly one of kind experience and a ride that Boise will never forget. My hope is that we’ve created a potential path forward for other safe large scale events in Boise and a more vibrant and truly unique future for Boise Goathead Fest.”

More details on the Boise Goathead Fest will be coming soon on their website.