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Louisiana Bicycle Festival


The annual Louisiana Bicycle Festival in Abita Springs is a haven for alternative bikes and cycling enthusiasts. Riders bring antique and custom bikes, including oddly reconfigured bikes that need to be mounted with ladders, motorized bikes and Dr. Seuss-like contraptions, and some bikers don costumes and ride in style. The event was created 10 years ago by John Preble, proprietor of Abita's UCM Museum, home to such oddities as Buford the Bassigator and Darrell the Dogigator. The festival features a bicycle parade through town, wheeling and dealing among attendees who wish to sell or swap bicycles and gear, and bicycle competitions. There are prizes for period restorations, novelty bikes, art made from bikes or bike parts and other categories. The day also features music from DJ Professor Possum. The free-form rally has never required registration, but roughly 500 people attend the event every year. "It's like an old car club but for bike enthusiasts," Preble says. Free admission. — Sarah Eddington

June 19

Louisiana Bicycle Festival

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

22275 Hwy. 36, Abita Springs, (985) 892-2624;

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