The Coal Country Festival is an all day event celebrating the love of cycling as youths and adults. There are many activities, food vendors and so much to see and do on Gillette Ave on this day. Live music/Street dance starting at 5pm! Who would miss that?

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The packet pickup party is where the fun begins. The night before race day June 28th. 5pm-8pm @Big Lost Meadery downtown Gillette. Here you will grab your swag bags full of goodies from local sponsors along with race day information, maps & your bib numbers. There will be free food until supplies last. This is a local Mead & Brewery. They have the finest mead around & some excellent cold brews that I promise you. Race time starts early so don't have to much fun, we highly recommend being here for packet pickup. It makes things run smoother for race day morning and all questions can be answered at this time.

race day

On race day each distance starts two hours apart 7am-9am-11am. The festival opens up to the public and all your family, friends and fans that come with you to our event. Free coffee & doughnuts provided @The Local. One block from the start/finish line from 6am-10am.

While your out there grinding some epic Wild West Gravel rest assured they’re having a blast too. In the heart of the Energy Capital.

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bicycle float parade


Our Bicycle Float Parade kicks off at 11am during the festival. This parade is for your little ones 10 & under. It is free to register them. All you have to do is sign them up decorate them & their bikes and they are ready to go. Participants circle around a line of cones a couple times within the street closure area. At the end the top 3 best decorated win a free meal @The Prime Rib Restaurant, Official cycling medals, Buddy Pegs books and lots of other goodies!


festival activities

There is plenty of fun going on while you are out there grinding some epic gravel. Hands on Pottery does face painting & rock painting. Games are set out such as ladder toss, bicycle tire toss, sprocket throw for the kids. Horn hole & Corn hole will be going on inside Big Lost Meadery for the adults. Plenty of food vendors will be out. Snow Cones, The Railyard, Pokeys BBQ, Fiesta Tequila is up the street. There is no shortage of stuff to checkout on Gillette Ave.


coal country awards ceremony

Our awards ceremony kicks off at 3pm. 1st place Men’s & Women’s Overall of the Lunch bucket 135 miler. Start the ceremony, with the Coal County Jerseys & the Coal Hard Cash award. Custom Coal Country swag is given to the top 3 Men’s & Women’s finishers of each distance. There will be other swag from our local sponsors awarded as well. There are many prizes given to festival participants and to our top finishers that go with the Heavy Bragging rights of finishing The Coal Country Gravel Grinder!