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I love volunteering. I get to use my skills in different settings and feel good about supporting groups I believe in. Sometimes volunteering is about the mission of the organization and sometimes it’s simply about having some fun with people I know. And sometimes, like last night, the two come together.

Last night was the opening of the Grinduro festival, the newest of the Triple Crown biking events that raise money for Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, a mighty local organization that builds and maintains outdoor hiking/biking trails in Plumas, Lassen and Tahoe national forests. This organization is worthy of its own post, but suffice it to say that these folks accomplish a LOT and have a darn good time doing it.

Grinduro is a cycling event and festival that combines the best elements of a mountain bike enduro with a gravel grinder-style road race. Festivities include two days of excellent food, a handmade bike show, an art exhibit, live music and camping.
My “job” was to sell all kinds of Grinduro-branded merchandise from T-shirts to socks, gloves, hats and jerseys. Not a difficult task at all since the merchandise was all great looking and participants seemed eager to support SBTS and memorialize the event with cool gear.

I met some really interesting folks from all over the western United States and even a couple from Europe! Some were hard core cyclists eager for the competition and some were casual cyclists who wanted to try something new. All were intrigued by the event and happy to be spending the weekend in Quincy riding the trails and supporting the hard work of SBTS.

There were food trucks with a great variety of culinary delights to try and fire pits to warm us while we dined. The entertainment started after dark with an inspiring movie about the vision and work of SBTS, then live music under the stars. It was a fabulous way to spend a Friday night, and for festival participants, it was just the warm-up for a weekend-long fun-fest.

If you’re looking for a fun way to become part of the community, consider attending a local fund-raising event or even volunteering. Your contribution will certainly be appreciated. Learn more about Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Here.