Winter Park heats up with chili, races, fairies this weekend |

Winter Park heats up with chili, races, fairies this weekend

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

Can you take the heat?

The Famous Flamethrowers High Altitude Chili Cook-off is back this weekend, August 20-21. Top prizes go to Most Creative Chef, Best Red Chili, Best Green Chili, and Best Salsa. Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). Tasting tickets are 2 for $1, with sampling beginning at noon both Saturday and Sunday.

Trestle All-Mountain Enduro – Presented by Trek

The first of its kind in the United States, Trestle Bike Park introduces a new race this summer, the All-Mountain Enduro. This unique event is a 3-day, 5-stage downhill mountain bike race showcasing some of the world’s fastest, fittest and most technical mountain bike athletes competing for over $10,000 cash and $20,000-worth of prizes. Catch the action August 19-21. Registration is still open, but only to the first 200 participants.


Friday, Aug. 19:

Registration – Closes at 5 p.m. Located in Plaza below Derailer Bar in West Portal (Crankworx Headquarters and Epic registration area)

5:45 p.m. – Riders meeting, top of the course

6 p.m. – Stage 1: Chainless Downhill

This 5-minute stage will be new to some and ‘old hat’ to others. This race requires the athletes to remove their chain and rely on their energy, flow, and technique to descend a technical course without the aid of a pedal-stroke.

Saturday, Aug. 20:

10:45 a.m. – Riders meeting, top of the course

11 a.m. – Stage 2: 10-15 minute enduro downhill

1 p.m. – Stage 3: 10-15 minute enduro downhill

3 p.m. – Stage 4: 10-15 minute enduro downhill

Awards and Red Bull After Party at Doc’s from 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21:

10:45 a.m. – Riders meeting, top of the course (Lunch Rock @ Mary Jane)

11 a.m. – Stage 5: All-Mountain Downhill

This 30-40 minute stage will feature a loop of climbing and descending before dropping through the entire vertical of Trestle Bike Park, 2,000 vertical feet. The athletes’ total time will be used to determine the start times of this race. The fastest athlete in the previous four stages combined goes first. The rest of the field is staggered behind the leader based on their total time and they are chasing the leader to the finish. First rider across the finish wins the overall.

1:30 p.m. – Awards and prizes, location announced at riders meeting.

Fairytales Do Come True in Winter Park

On August 20, the Village at Winter Park will be hosting the Fairy House Festival, based on the popular children’s book series. This free event includes a reading from author Tracy Kane, fairy house building, a magician, and a fairy tale theatre production.

New England-based children’s book author/illustrator, Tracy Kane, known as the “Fairy House Lady,” will be visiting the Village At Winter Park to read from her Fairy Houses Series of books and teach families how to create their own fairy house along the Winter Park Village River Trail. Bring your imagination, creativity and love of nature. Assorted natural plant materials will be provided, but your whimsical additions are welcome. Fairy houses are small structures built using sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, flowers, feathers, pine cones, nuts, and any other natural materials.

Dress up as your favorite Fairy, Gnome or Wizard and learn how to build your own fairy house or gnome home. Get your face painted, See an amazing magical performance. Take a picture with the Fairy Queen. Enjoy PlayGround Theater’s production of “Fairy Tale Theater.”

Schedule of Events

10 a.m.: Tracy Kane’s Fairy House Series Book Reading

10:30 a.m.: Fairy House Building with Tracy

Noon: Performance by Magician, Ann Lincoln

2 p.m.: Tracy Kane Fairy House Series Book Reading

2:30 p.m.: Fairy House Building with Tracy

4 p.m.: Fairy Tale Theater Production

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